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 Stephen say about returning to Hong Kong in his July, 1938 letters to his sister and mother?

2. What does the letter Stephen receives say about his mother's mood?

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

4. When does Stephen's mother say that she and Pie will come to visit in her May, 1938 letter?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Stephen feel when Matsu walks in and interrupts Sachi's story?

2. Compare Matsu and Tomoko as teenagers.

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

4. Explain how the war is impacting Stephen.

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

6. Discuss Hiro.

7. Who is Sumiko?

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

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

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

Blame and shame are recurring themes in the novel, although they sometimes are related to honor and loyalty. Choose one of these four themes (blame, shame, honor, or loyalty) that you think most shapes the tone of the story.

1) Give at least three examples to support your statement.

2) Explain if or how that theme is related to the other three listed above.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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