The Samurai's Garden Test | Final 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. How does Stephen describe his relationship with Matsu as they walk back to Tarumi?

2. What does Stephen's father tell him his parents agree on when he visits in June of 1938?

3. When does Stephen's mother say that she and Pie will come to visit in her May, 1938 letter?

4. What does Stephen have with him when Keiko finds him on the day she pays him a visit in March of 1938?

5. What are Stephen's feelings surrounding Penelope's war efforts?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Penelope work for the Red Cross?

2. Does Stephen feel that he is at danger from the war?

3. How does Keiko feel about her father's behavior?

4. How does Keiko let Stephen know she is interested in him despite her father?

5. What activities surround Fumiko's arrival?

6. What information does Stephen get from Penelope's letter?

7. How does Sachi change after Michiko's death?

8. What is the tone of Keiko's meeting with Stephen at the shrine?

9. Describe Matsu's behavior at Sachi's house.

10. What do Stephen's lack of journal entries due to rebuilding in Yamaguchi indicate?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

When Stephen overhears Kenzo's attack on Sachi, he remains silent. Should he have spoken up and defended her? Argue this point from both the opinion that he should have spoken up and from the perspective that he was wise to remain silent. Compare the way Stephen handles this situation with the way he handles another event in the story.

Essay Topic 3

Honor is a theme explored in many circumstances and relationships in the Samurai's Garden. In regards to Stephen's parents, their marriage and the way both dealt with the revelation of his father's affair, discuss what it means to be honorable. Give specific examples and explain why you believe that his parents did or did not act honorably in each one. What do you feel they should have, if anything, done differently? What information that you do not have would change your perceptions of them and their actions?

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