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 Matsu react when he and Stephen walk by Kenzo's teahouse for the first time after Kenzo's death?

2. What does Stephen have with him when Keiko finds him on the day she pays him a visit in March of 1938?

3. Where do Stephen and Matsu spend the night after they help fight the fire in Yamaguchi?

4. What is said about the shantytowns by Pie in her letter?

5. What does Stephen's mother recommend in her May, 1938 letter to him?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do Stephen's lack of journal entries due to rebuilding in Yamaguchi indicate?

3. Who is Sumiko?

4. Discuss Hiro.

5. Why does Penelope work for the Red Cross?

6. How does Sachi change after Michiko's death?

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

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

9. Explain how the war is impacting Stephen.

10. How does Keiko let Stephen know she is interested in him despite her father?

Essay Topics

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

Marriage and fidelity are on Stephen's mind after the revelation of his father's affair. However, both Stephen and his mother seem to accept the new arrangement even if they don't like it. How would the story be altered if Stephen's father had never admitted to the affair? How would it change if Yoshiko had been introduced to Stephen? Would a more detailed history of the marriage between Stephen's parents be pertinent to the storyline? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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