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 Sachi show Stephen in her garden the day after the fire?

2. Where does Keiko find Stephen when she heads to Matsu's to visit?

3. What does Sachi say was Kenzo's reaction when Sachi first told him she had leprosy?

4. What is part of the reason that Stephen says that time has slowed to a crawl?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Stephen's visit with his father.

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

4. What is the tone of Keiko's meeting with Stephen at the shrine?

5. Discuss Hiro.

6. What is Sachi's relationship with Michiko?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Stephen is often forced to make choices about confronting situations or staying silent and keeping the peace. For each of the following occurrences, explain why Stephen made the choice he did, what values impacted his chosen course of action, and how it affected both him and others in the long run.

1) His father's affair.

2) Keiko's father.

3) Kenzo's attack on Sachi.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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