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 does Sachi refer to as "one of the small miracles of life"?

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

3. To what is Tomoko referring when she tells Matsu that she doesn't want "to live like this"?

4. What is Matsu's response to what Stephen tells him about Keiko as the two men work in the garden?

5. What does Sachi say was Kenzo's reaction when Sachi first told him she had leprosy?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss Hiro.

2. Why does Penelope work for the Red Cross?

3. How does Sachi incorporate flowers in her garden?

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

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

6. Explain how the war is impacting Stephen.

7. Who is Sumiko?

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

9. How does Matsu feel about his sister's decision to deal with her disease?

10. Describe Stephen's visit with his father.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Prejudice is an underlying theme that accompanies the war and leprosy. While often subtle, the theme is constantly present in the story. Pick three characters that you feel exhibit prejudice and explain:

1) What is the cause of their prejudice?

2) How aware is this person of their prejudice and to what extent do they justify it?

3) Does this character evolve or alter his or her perceptions in the course of the story? Use specific examples to support all your assertions.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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