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 dream does Stephen record in his journal?

2. To whose grave does Matsu take an offering?

3. Why does Stephen say he feels cheated?

4. Who sends Stephen a letter that says Penelope is working with the Red Cross?

5. What does Sachi say Tanka should not have saved after the fire destroys Tanka's home?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Sachi's relationship with Michiko?

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

3. Explain how the war is impacting Stephen.

4. Discuss Hiro.

5. Does Stephen feel that he is at danger from the war?

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

7. What does Stephen describe as his memories of Keiko?

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

9. Describe Stephen's visit with his father.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Marriage and fidelity are on Stephen's mind after the revelation of his father's affair. However, both Stephen and his mother seem to accept the new arrangement even if they don't like it. How would the story be altered if Stephen's father had never admitted to the affair? How would it change if Yoshiko had been introduced to Stephen? Would a more detailed history of the marriage between Stephen's parents be pertinent to the storyline? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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