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 Stephen say to Sachi about her argument with Kenzo?

2. What does Stephen learn during his father's second visit, which occurs in December of 1937?

3. What is Stephen's interpretation of his parents' marriage at the end of the December journal entries?

4. Who is Tomoko?

5. Where does Stephen say the young men of the village are when he visits for Kenzo's burial?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Kenzo call Sachi a monster?

2. Describe a daruma doll.

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

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

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

6. Describe Sachi's garden.

7. How does the visit to Sachi impact the relationship between Stephen and Matsu?

8. Describe Yamaguchi.

9. Describe Sachi's house during the New Year's celebration?

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

Starting with Stephen's reclusive quarantine in Hong Kong, the theme of loneliness is used through the Samurai's Garden.

1) Choose an event or incident from the story that is spurred by loneliness and explain how that loneliness triggers other specific events.

2) Choose a character in the story who seems lonely despite being near other people. Describe the actions this leads to.

3) Choose two characters in the story who seek each other out. Explain the result of this action and how it affects each one's loneliness.

Essay Topic 2

Relationships are an ongoing theme in the story. The importance of parent-child relationships, intimacy, and trust are all explored within the larger context of specific relationships in the novel. Choose a relationship from the book that exemplifies each of the three types of relationships or issues listed. For each one, write a detailed explanation of how this relationship is explored in the course of the story and what results from the relationships you choose to write about.

Essay Topic 3

One technique used frequently in this story is to go back in time to fill in the gaps of a character's life or an event. Unlike a flashback where a character recalls an event, characters in this book must tell Stephen their story, or even retell someone else's story.

1) Explain how the story of Michiko might change as Sachi retells it to Stephen.

2) Compare and contrast an event told first hand from Stephen with one told through a retelling.

3) Argue the benefits and drawbacks of the author's decision to use this method of storytelling.

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