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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 did Sachi's father hope would happen after she contracted leprosy?
2. Where does Keiko find Stephen when she heads to Matsu's to visit?
3. How does Sachi respond to the way Matsu and Stephen arrive at her house?
4. How does Stephen respond to Keiko's addressing of her father's behavior?
5. What does Stephen's father tell him his parents agree on when he visits in June of 1938?
Short Essay Questions
1. What do Stephen's lack of journal entries due to rebuilding in Yamaguchi indicate?
2. How does Sachi incorporate flowers in her garden?
3. How does Keiko feel about her father's behavior?
4. What does Stephen discover Matsu doing with his father's fishing knife and why is it important?
5. Describe Matsu's behavior at Sachi's house.
6. What is the tone of Keiko's meeting with Stephen at the shrine?
7. Where is the Kerria plant found and what does it mean?
8. How does Stephen feel when Matsu walks in and interrupts Sachi's story?
9. What is the significance of the conversation Stephen and Keiko have on the beach?
10. Does Stephen feel that he is at danger from the war?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
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
Celebrations play a role in the telling of this story.
1) Choose one celebration and explain why it made a difference to Stephen's growth, perceptions, or daily life.
2) Describe how a different celebration reminds you of a western celebration or one you have participated in. Explain how your or a character in the story found meaning in the celebration mentioned.
3) Write a narrative of a celebration from the point of view of a character who attended it.
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