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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 Keiko do when Stephen asks her to meet him at the shrine?
2. Where does Keiko find Stephen when she heads to Matsu's to visit?
3. What does Sachi say Tanka should not have saved after the fire destroys Tanka's home?
4. What does the letter Stephen receives say about his mother's mood?
5. What does Matsu tell Stephen he can hope for when he looks back on his life?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Stephen discover Matsu doing with his father's fishing knife and why is it important?
2. Describe Stephen's visit with his father.
3. Who is Sumiko?
4. Why does Penelope work for the Red Cross?
5. What does Stephen describe as his memories of Keiko?
6. How does Sachi change after Michiko's death?
7. Discuss Hiro.
8. Describe Matsu's behavior at Sachi's house.
9. How does Stephen feel when Matsu walks in and interrupts Sachi's story?
10. What do Stephen's lack of journal entries due to rebuilding in Yamaguchi indicate?
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
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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