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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. In talking with Mother, what excuse does Chiyo make up for her presence in the entrance hall during Mameha's visit?
(a) She says she was trying to buff a scratch out of the floorboards.
(b) She says she was trying to bring tea to Auntie.
(c) She says she was trying to fold Hatsumomo's obi.
(d) She says she was trying to remove the dust from the altar.

2. What does Mameha say generous people don't do?
(a) Become teahouse owners.
(b) Become patrons of geisha.
(c) Become geisha.
(d) Become okiya owners.

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. How does Sayuri say the young actor she met at the party died a few years after they met?
(a) He died of drug overdose.
(b) He killed himself with a sword.
(c) He fell off a bridge in Gion.
(d) He was killed by a waitress.

5. Which element does Chiyo's mother have too much of in her personality?
(a) Water.
(b) Earth.
(c) Wood.
(d) Fire.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Mameha say Hatsumomo is trying to make Pumpkin look good?

2. How much does Mother first offer Mameha on top of her usual fee for her services of being an older sister if Chiyo pays off her debts by twenty?

3. Where does Chiyo go after eating her shaved ice in chapter 9?

4. What word does Nobu use to characterize geisha naming traditions?

5. What problem does Sayuri have in trying to pour tea for the Chairman in chapter 17?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain the story of Mameha's kimono in chapter 6.

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

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

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

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

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

8. Write a brief description of Chiyo's relationship with Auntie as shown in chapters 5 and 6.

9. How does her meeting with the Chairman affect Chiyo?

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

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