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

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

3. Who sends Stephen a letter that says Penelope is working with the Red Cross?

4. How does Keiko address her father's behavior to Stephen?

5. What does Stephen say he did at the celebration in Yamaguchi?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss Hiro.

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

3. What activities surround Fumiko's arrival?

4. What information does Stephen get from Penelope's letter?

5. Describe Stephen's visit with his father.

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

7. Describe Matsu's behavior at Sachi's house.

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 2

For each of the gifts listed below, explain who it was to and from, what the reason for the gift was and how it affected the giver or receiver.

1) Daruma doll

2) Yoken

3) Paint brushes

4) Lucky stones

5) Another of your choice

Essay Topic 3

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.

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