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. What promise does Keiko make to Stephen when he walks her halfway home in March?

2. Who does Stephen work with to put out the fire?

3. What does Penelope do for the Red Cross?

4. What is part of the reason that Stephen says that time has slowed to a crawl?

5. What did Sachi's father hope would happen after she contracted leprosy?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the readers know about the relationship between Fumiko and Matsu?

2. Explain how the war is impacting Stephen.

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

4. What is Sachi's relationship with Michiko?

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

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

7. Compare Matsu and Tomoko as teenagers.

8. Why is the fishing knife of great importance to Matsu?

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

10. Why does Penelope work for the Red Cross?

Essay Topics

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

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

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.

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