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 is Matsu's response to what Stephen tells him about Keiko as the two men work in the garden?

2. How does Keiko say her father has brought shame to the family?

3. What does the Summer: June through July 1938 chapter say that Stephen is doing that prevents him from journal writing?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Penelope work for the Red Cross?

2. Where is the Kerria plant found and what does it mean?

3. What is Sachi's relationship with Michiko?

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

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

6. Explain how the war is impacting Stephen.

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

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

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

10. Discuss Hiro.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

For each of the gifts listed below, explain who it was to and from, what the reason for the gift was and how it affected the giver or receiver.

1) Daruma doll

2) Yoken

3) Paint brushes

4) Lucky stones

5) Another of your choice

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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