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 Keiko say her father has brought shame to the family?

2. Where does Keiko's family go in September of 1938?

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

4. What does Stephen note about the garden when he and Matsu return from Yamaguchi?

5. What does Keiko tell Stephen when they meet at the beach in September of 1938?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Describe Stephen's visit with his father.

7. What activities surround Fumiko's arrival?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Nature is an important setting throughout Stephen's journal and journeys. Choose three separate natural locations or events and:

1) Explain what purpose they serve

2) Relate them to Stephen's growth as a character

3) Describe how the story would change without them

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