The Samurai's Garden Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Gail Tsukiyama
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where is Kenzo's body found?

2. Why did Kenzo stay in Tarumi?

3. Why does Stephen call the person he meets in Yamaguchi a kindred spirit?

4. What does Sachi tell Stephen when she learns that Matsu was unaware of this visit?

5. What does Stephen's mother ask him to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Stephen's physical condition when he first arrives at the beach house in Tarumi?

2. How does the removal of Sachi's scarf indicate her growing closeness to Stephen?

3. Why does Stephen go to see Sachi after her argument with Kenzo?

4. Why does Kenzo call Sachi a monster?

5. What does Stephen's father reveal about Matsu's history?

6. What conflicting accounts of the war does Stephen hear?

7. Describe the relationship between Stephen and his father in the beginning of the book.

8. How does the storm impact Stephen's relationship with Sachi and Matsu?

9. What implications are given that Matsu is becoming fond of Stephen?

10. Why is the painting of the garden of importance to Stephen?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sachi's kare sansui is, by definition, a dry garden. Although she has chosen to include the blue-purple flower, the garden is mainly made up of rocks that represent the ripples of water. Stephen calls it an illusion. It could also be called a dead garden.

1) Why do you think Sachi chose this type of a garden rather than one filled with life?

2) What does the later inclusions of the blue-purple flower represent?

3) Why does Sachi rearrange the stones frequently?

Essay Topic 2

The act of suicide is an ongoing theme in this story. Tomoko, Kenzo, and many lepers chose to take their own lives. Sachi did not, although her own father wanted her to in order to restore family honor. Compare and contrast the suicides of Tomoko and Kenzo and other people's responses to them. What were the benefits and drawbacks of their decisions? What were the benefits and drawbacks of Sachi's decision not to take her own life to both her self and the people closest to her?

Essay Topic 3

Marriage and fidelity are on Stephen's mind after the revelation of his father's affair. However, both Stephen and his mother seem to accept the new arrangement even if they don't like it. How would the story be altered if Stephen's father had never admitted to the affair? How would it change if Yoshiko had been introduced to Stephen? Would a more detailed history of the marriage between Stephen's parents be pertinent to the storyline? Explain your answer.

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