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 the letter Stephen receives say about his mother's mood?

2. Who does Stephen refer to when he notes that they will never "drift away from each other"?

3. What does Keiko do when Stephen asks her to meet him at the shrine?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is the fishing knife of great importance to Matsu?

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

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

5. Describe Matsu's behavior at Sachi's house.

6. Explain how the war is impacting Stephen.

7. Describe Stephen's visit with his father.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Although Stephen has never met Tomoko, her presence is strongly felt. This is also true of Michiko. Compare and contrast the two characters and analyze their contribution to the story line.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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