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. What does the throwing of beans represent?

2. Who says, "A Japanese woman would never do such a thing," and to whom is that person referring?

3. Why does Stephen have memories of Matsu from childhood?

4. What does Stephen decide to pray for?

5. What important event occurs at the beginning of Stephen's November journal that leaves him feeling lost?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the state of Stephen's relationship with Keiko when she gives him the yoken.

2. What agreement do Stephen's parents seem to come to after his father's visit?

3. How does Stephen feel about making friends with people once he is settled in the beach house?

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

5. What does Stephen think about the impact of the war?

6. How did Tomoko's death bring Sachi and Matsu closer?

7. How do Stephen and Keiko's father interact when they meet in the village after Kenzo's burial?

8. What does Stephen struggle with at the Shinto shrine and why?

9. How does Stephen feel about traveling to Tarumi?

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

Nature is an important setting throughout Stephen's journal and journeys. Choose three separate natural locations or events and:

1) Explain what purpose they serve

2) Relate them to Stephen's growth as a character

3) Describe how the story would change without them

Essay Topic 2

For each of the gifts listed below, explain who it was to and from, what the reason for the gift was and how it affected the giver or receiver.

1) Daruma doll

2) Yoken

3) Paint brushes

4) Lucky stones

5) Another of your choice

Essay Topic 3

Although Stephen has never met Tomoko, her presence is strongly felt. This is also true of Michiko. Compare and contrast the two characters and analyze their contribution to the story line.

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