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 does Stephen's father tell him his parents agree on when he visits in June of 1938?

2. Where has Matsu been when he returns to the beach house?

3. How does Sachi respond to the way Matsu and Stephen arrive at her house?

4. Who dies in the Summer: June through July, 1938 chapter?

5. How does Stephen respond to Keiko's addressing of her father's behavior?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss Hiro.

2. Who is Sumiko?

3. Why does Penelope work for the Red Cross?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

One technique used frequently in this story is to go back in time to fill in the gaps of a character's life or an event. Unlike a flashback where a character recalls an event, characters in this book must tell Stephen their story, or even retell someone else's story.

1) Explain how the story of Michiko might change as Sachi retells it to Stephen.

2) Compare and contrast an event told first hand from Stephen with one told through a retelling.

3) Argue the benefits and drawbacks of the author's decision to use this method of storytelling.

Essay Topic 3

Sachi's kare sansui is, by definition, a dry garden. Although she has chosen to include the blue-purple flower, the garden is mainly made up of rocks that represent the ripples of water. Stephen calls it an illusion. It could also be called a dead garden.

1) Why do you think Sachi chose this type of a garden rather than one filled with life?

2) What does the later inclusions of the blue-purple flower represent?

3) Why does Sachi rearrange the stones frequently?

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