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 dream does Stephen record in his journal?

2. How do Matsu and Stephen arrive at Sachi's when they go to visit in September of 1938?

3. What does Stephen suggest in his letter to his mother?

4. What promise does Keiko make to Stephen when he walks her halfway home in March?

5. Who does Sachi say was Matsu's opposite?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Keiko let Stephen know she is interested in him despite her father?

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

5. How does Sachi incorporate flowers in her garden?

6. Explain how the war is impacting Stephen.

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

8. Describe Stephen's visit with his father.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Nature is an important setting throughout Stephen's journal and journeys. Choose three separate natural locations or events and:

1) Explain what purpose they serve

2) Relate them to Stephen's growth as a character

3) Describe how the story would change without them

Essay Topic 2

Celebrations play a role in the telling of this story.

1) Choose one celebration and explain why it made a difference to Stephen's growth, perceptions, or daily life.

2) Describe how a different celebration reminds you of a western celebration or one you have participated in. Explain how your or a character in the story found meaning in the celebration mentioned.

3) Write a narrative of a celebration from the point of view of a character who attended it.

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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