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

2. Who cared for Sachi when she first arrived in Yamaguchi?

3. What is the Kerria plant a sign of when it blooms late in the year?

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

5. What do the old men that Stephen sees in Tarumi agree upon?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Sachi's relationship with Michiko?

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

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

4. What do the readers know about the relationship between Fumiko and Matsu?

5. Discuss Hiro.

6. Why does Penelope work for the Red Cross?

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

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

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

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

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

Starting with Stephen's reclusive quarantine in Hong Kong, the theme of loneliness is used through the Samurai's Garden.

1) Choose an event or incident from the story that is spurred by loneliness and explain how that loneliness triggers other specific events.

2) Choose a character in the story who seems lonely despite being near other people. Describe the actions this leads to.

3) Choose two characters in the story who seek each other out. Explain the result of this action and how it affects each one's loneliness.

Essay Topic 3

Blame and shame are recurring themes in the novel, although they sometimes are related to honor and loyalty. Choose one of these four themes (blame, shame, honor, or loyalty) that you think most shapes the tone of the story.

1) Give at least three examples to support your statement.

2) Explain if or how that theme is related to the other three listed above.

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