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

2. What does Chiyo break by falling off the roof?
(a) Her neck.
(b) Her leg.
(c) Her back.
(d) Her arm.

3. Who is waiting at Mameha's apartment for Sayuri when she arrives at the end of chapter 15?
(a) Mr. Itchoda.
(b) Mr. Tanaka.
(c) Yoko.
(d) Mr. Bekku.

4. Why does Hatsumomo say Mameha is trying to drive her out of Gion?
(a) Because Mameha has always hated Hatsumomo.
(b) Because Mameha has never liked Mother.
(c) Because Hatsumomo is more beautiful.
(d) Because Mameha is vengeful in character.

5. Who comes to get Chiyo and Satsu at the beginning of chapter 3?
(a) Their father.
(b) Mr. Tanaka's assistant.
(c) Mrs. Fidget.
(d) Mr. Tanaka.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which element does Chiyo's mother have too much of in her personality?

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

3. How does Hatsumomo paint her lips?

4. Which element does Chiyo's father have too much of in his personality?

5. Whose graves does Chiyo see in the graveyard?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain what Mameha spends her time doing with Chiyo in chapter 13 and why.

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

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

4. What does Mameha tell Sayuri to do when talking with Nobu, and why?

5. Explain the deal that Mother and Mameha enter into regarding Chiyo at the end of chapter 11.

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

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

8. 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?

9. Describe the momoware and its meaning.

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

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