The Samurai's Garden Test | Final Test - Hard

Gail Tsukiyama
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who tells about the 1923 event that destroyed all the houses and left many dead?

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

3. What object does Tomoko ask Matsu to bring to her after she is afflicted with leprosy?

4. How does Keiko say her father has brought shame to the family?

5. What is Tomoko's reaction when Matsu tells her about Yamaguchi?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Celebrations play a role in the telling of this story.

1) Choose one celebration and explain why it made a difference to Stephen's growth, perceptions, or daily life.

2) Describe how a different celebration reminds you of a western celebration or one you have participated in. Explain how your or a character in the story found meaning in the celebration mentioned.

3) Write a narrative of a celebration from the point of view of a character who attended it.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

It's clear that characters in this story affect the lives of others around them. Imagine Kenzo without Sachi, or Sachi without Michiko's influence. For three characters, choose a single person in the story that you think has the most influence on them. How would each character's life be different without that person?

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