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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 does Mameha tell her maid to do with Chiyo when she sees her the first time after a long absence?
(a) Give her a bath.
(b) Fix her hair.
(c) Put her in a kimono.
(d) Give her some proper shoes.

2. What happens to a geisha who marries?
(a) She is disgraced.
(b) She no longer continues as a geisha.
(c) They become legends.
(d) Nothing, since geisha cannot marry.

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

4. Who is Hatsumiyo?
(a) Mother's biological daughter.
(b) Hatsumomo's biological sister.
(c) Mameha's older sister.
(d) Pumpkin.

5. What does Hatsumomo's boyfriend do for a living?
(a) He is a photographer.
(b) He is a construction worker.
(c) He is a cook at a noodle house.
(d) He is a businessman.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whose graves does Chiyo see in the graveyard?

2. What does Sayuri say she felt happened to Chiyo?

3. Which teahouse does Mameha entertain Dr. Crab at the end of chapter 20?

4. What does Chiyo keep doing when she bows on the street with Mameha that causes Mameha to pull her into an alley and show her the proper way of bowing?

5. In talking with Mother, what excuse does Chiyo make up for her presence in the entrance hall during Mameha's visit?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What consequences do Chiyo's failed attempt to escape bear?

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

6. 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?

7. What is the apprentice's award?

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

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

10. Briefly explain the Chairman's relationship with Nobu.

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