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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's mother recommend in her May, 1938 letter to him?
2. What does Sachi show Stephen in her garden the day after the fire?
3. How does Stephen describe his relationship with Matsu as they walk back to Tarumi?
4. What do Stephen and his father seek to discuss on the June, 1938 visit?
5. What does Stephen say about returning to Hong Kong in his July, 1938 letters to his sister and mother?
Short Essay Questions
1. What activities surround Fumiko's arrival?
2. What does Stephen discover Matsu doing with his father's fishing knife and why is it important?
3. Where is the Kerria plant found and what does it mean?
4. Why is the fishing knife of great importance to Matsu?
5. What do the readers know about the relationship between Fumiko and Matsu?
6. What is the significance of the conversation Stephen and Keiko have on the beach?
7. How does Sachi change after Michiko's death?
8. How does Keiko let Stephen know she is interested in him despite her father?
9. How does Matsu feel about his sister's decision to deal with her disease?
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
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 2
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 3
Stephen's budding relationship with Keiko is both exciting and frustrating for him. As their relationship progresses, and Stephen matures, his reaction to Keiko's responses also change. Document the progression of this relationship and explain how Stephen's personal growth and maturity is reflected in his actions and feelings.
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