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 does Stephen's father spend most of his time?

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

3. Why does Miko have to do the laundry?

4. What does Kenzo give Stephen?

5. What does Matsu reveal about his younger sister while he is in Yamaguchi with Stephen?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Stephen's visit with his father.

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

3. Compare Matsu and Tomoko as teenagers.

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

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

6. Why does Sachi come to the beach house on Stephen's final day?

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

8. How does Stephen react to the news in his mother's November,1937 letter?

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

Essay Topic 1

Blame and shame are recurring themes in the novel, although they sometimes are related to honor and loyalty. Choose one of these four themes (blame, shame, honor, or loyalty) that you think most shapes the tone of the story.

1) Give at least three examples to support your statement.

2) Explain if or how that theme is related to the other three listed above.

Essay Topic 2

Stephen is often forced to make choices about confronting situations or staying silent and keeping the peace. For each of the following occurrences, explain why Stephen made the choice he did, what values impacted his chosen course of action, and how it affected both him and others in the long run.

1) His father's affair.

2) Keiko's father.

3) Kenzo's attack on Sachi.

Essay Topic 3

Point of view is an important element of style as this story as told through Stephen's journal. Choose three events in the story that would be dramatically altered if the story was told from a different point of view. Give specific examples that support your assertions. Why do you think the author chose to tell the story through the point of view that she did?

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