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 Sachi respond to the way Matsu and Stephen arrive at her house?

2. What does the letter Stephen receives indicate his mother thinks about his staying in Japan?

3. What story does Sachi's caregiver in Yamaguchi tell her?

4. What reports does Stephen record about the war in his May 15th, 1938 journal entry?

5. Who dies in the Summer: June through July, 1938 chapter?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how the war is impacting Stephen.

2. What does Stephen discover Matsu doing with his father's fishing knife and why is it important?

3. Why aren't there any journal entries for a month after Kenzo's funeral?

4. Where is the Kerria plant found and what does it mean?

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

6. Why does Penelope work for the Red Cross?

7. Describe Stephen's visit with his father.

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

9. Compare Matsu and Tomoko as teenagers.

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

Point of view is an important element of style as this story as told through Stephen's journal. Choose three events in the story that would be dramatically altered if the story was told from a different point of view. Give specific examples that support your assertions. Why do you think the author chose to tell the story through the point of view that she did?

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