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 was Sachi's impression of Matsu when they first met?

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

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

4. What does Penelope do for the Red Cross?

5. What is the mood surrounding Stephen's visit to the Tama shrine?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why aren't there any journal entries for a month after Kenzo's funeral?

3. How does Keiko feel about her father's behavior?

4. Why does Penelope work for the Red Cross?

5. Discuss Hiro.

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

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

8. What is Sachi's relationship with Michiko?

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

10. How does Keiko let Stephen know she is interested in him despite her father?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Starting with Stephen's reclusive quarantine in Hong Kong, the theme of loneliness is used through the Samurai's Garden.

1) Choose an event or incident from the story that is spurred by loneliness and explain how that loneliness triggers other specific events.

2) Choose a character in the story who seems lonely despite being near other people. Describe the actions this leads to.

3) Choose two characters in the story who seek each other out. Explain the result of this action and how it affects each one's loneliness.

Essay Topic 2

When Stephen overhears Kenzo's attack on Sachi, he remains silent. Should he have spoken up and defended her? Argue this point from both the opinion that he should have spoken up and from the perspective that he was wise to remain silent. Compare the way Stephen handles this situation with the way he handles another event in the story.

Essay Topic 3

Honor is a theme explored in many circumstances and relationships in the Samurai's Garden. In regards to Stephen's parents, their marriage and the way both dealt with the revelation of his father's affair, discuss what it means to be honorable. Give specific examples and explain why you believe that his parents did or did not act honorably in each one. What do you feel they should have, if anything, done differently? What information that you do not have would change your perceptions of them and their actions?

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