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. Who does Stephen work with to put out the fire?

2. Why did Sachi's father take her to shrines after her diagnosis with leprosy?

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

4. What does the letter say Penelope feels about donating money for the refuges?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What activities surround Fumiko's arrival?

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

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

4. What is the significance of the conversation Stephen and Keiko have on the beach?

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

6. Compare Matsu and Tomoko as teenagers.

7. Explain how the war is impacting Stephen.

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

9. Does Stephen feel that he is at danger from the war?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Stephen is often forced to make choices about confronting situations or staying silent and keeping the peace. For each of the following occurrences, explain why Stephen made the choice he did, what values impacted his chosen course of action, and how it affected both him and others in the long run.

1) His father's affair.

2) Keiko's father.

3) Kenzo's attack on Sachi.

Essay Topic 2

While Stephen is the main character in the story, there are also many supporting and minor characters that add to his tale. Choose one other main character, one supporting character, and one minor character. For each one, compare and contrast him or her with Stephen and give examples of how that person affected his life in positive or negative way.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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