The Samurai's Garden Test | Lesson Plans Final Test - Hard

Gail Tsukiyama
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Final Test - Hard

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Stephen have with him when Keiko finds him on the day she pays him a visit in March of 1938?

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

3. Who does Stephen refer to as "master of the house" in the journal entry about his September, 1938 visit?

4. What story does Sachi's caregiver in Yamaguchi tell her?

5. How does Stephen say Keiko's visit affected him?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Stephen's budding relationship with Keiko is both exciting and frustrating for him. As their relationship progresses, and Stephen matures, his reaction to Keiko's responses also change. Document the progression of this relationship and explain how Stephen's personal growth and maturity is reflected in his actions and feelings.

Essay Topic 2

The act of suicide is an ongoing theme in this story. Tomoko, Kenzo, and many lepers chose to take their own lives. Sachi did not, although her own father wanted her to in order to restore family honor. Compare and contrast the suicides of Tomoko and Kenzo and other people's responses to them. What were the benefits and drawbacks of their decisions? What were the benefits and drawbacks of Sachi's decision not to take her own life to both her self and the people closest to her?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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