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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. What gift does Nobu present to Sayuri?
(a) A hair ornament.
(b) A silk obi.
(c) A pair of chopsticks.
(d) A decorative sake cup.

2. What are tsutsumi, okawa, and taiko?
(a) Kinds of stringed instruments.
(b) Kinds of drums.
(c) Kinds of songs.
(d) Kinds of dances.

3. What does Pumpkin say she'd rather drink when Hatsumomo insists she drink a beer with her at the beginning of chapter 20?
(a) Urine.
(b) Sake.
(c) Spit.
(d) Tea.

4. What does Uchida Kosaburo do for a living?
(a) He's an artist.
(b) He's a calligrapher.
(c) He's a choreographer.
(d) He's a poet.

5. What does Chiyo say regularly complicates the task of doing her chores?
(a) Her hunger.
(b) Sitting with Granny.
(c) Pumpkin.
(d) Her need to cry.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Hatsumiyo?

2. What does Chiyo think she's seen in the maids' room when she returns to the okiya in chapter 7?

3. Around which year does the narrator say Chiyo arrives in Kyoto?

4. How does Sayuri say the young actor she met at the party died a few years after they met?

5. What does Mother tell Chiyo that Granny spends her whole day doing?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to change Dr. Crab's impression of Sayuri in chapter 19?

2. How does Chiyo feel about Mr. Tanaka when she first meets him?

3. What does Chiyo, as narrator, say about the art of arranging flowers in chapter 12?

4. How does Chiyo rationalize the visit with Mrs. Fidget, considering her hopes that Mr. Tanaka will adopt her and Satsu?

5. Explain the mixed feelings Pumpkin seems to have on the event of her debut as an apprentice.

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 does Pumpkin reveal that Hatsumomo has said to Dr. Crab to ruin Sayuri's chances with him?

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

9. What does Mameha tell Dr. Crab to make him doubt what Hatsumomo has told him?

10. How does Mameha get Dr. Crab to take notice of Sayuri?

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