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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why is Sayuri worried that Mameha wants Nobu to become her danna?
(a) It would ruin her chances of any relationship with the Chairman.
(b) She can't stand to look at his face.
(c) She doesn't think she will ever have sufficient status to have a man like Nobu as a danna.
(d) She is worried what Hatsumomo will think.

2. Who does Sayuri first believe she sees with Nobu?
(a) Mr. Tanaka.
(b) Hatsumomo.
(c) Her sister.
(d) Mr. Bekku.

3. Why does Chiyo say Hatsumomo is "like an empress" in the okiya?
(a) She earns the income for the whole house.
(b) She is the most beautiful woman in the house.
(c) She has the most power.
(d) She is a tyrant.

4. What problem does Sayuri have in trying to pour tea for the Chairman in chapter 17?
(a) The Chairman says he doesn't like tea.
(b) She spills the tea on the Chairman.
(c) She was supposed to pour tea for Nobu first.
(d) The teapot is empty.

5. What are ekubo?
(a) Crab cakes.
(b) Incense sticks.
(c) Chopsticks.
(d) Sweet rice cakes.

Short Answer Questions

1. What color is the fabric used to create an apprentice geisha's hairstyle?

2. What does Chiyo compare life to at the beginning of chapter 9 to make her point about change?

3. What does Chiyo do at the end of chapter 13 that convinces Mameha that she is ready for her debut?

4. What does Chiyo break by falling off the roof?

5. What does the cook have in her hand when Mameha and Sayuri arrive at Mameha's former okiya?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how Satsu seems to be doing when Chiyo sees her in chapter 7.

2. What does Chiyo infer that Mameha is planning to do in regards to Hatsumomo, based on the conversation they have at Mameha's apartment in chapter 10?

3. What is "mizuage" and what does it have to do with Mameha's plan to help Sayuri succeed?

4. Why does Mameha refuse to tell Sayuri about her plan?

5. What is the apprentice's award?

6. Explain what Sayuri says in chapter 15 at the time of her debut about how she is beginning to feel about Hatsumomo's beauty.

7. What is Chiyo's first impression of Hatsumomo?

8. How does Hatsumomo destroy Sayuri's debut in chapter 15?

9. Why does Pumpkin decline to run away from the okiya with Chiyo?

10. Describe the momoware and its meaning.

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