Memoirs of a Geisha Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Arthur Golden
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What excuse does Mameha make up for her visit?

2. What does Nobu say are the three most important things in life?

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

4. Who is Hatsumiyo?

5. Why does Mother say Chiyo should be punished for ruining Mameha's kimono?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the momoware and its meaning.

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

4. Describe Sayuri's first encounter with Pumpkin after her return to Gion following the end of the war.

5. What does Sayuri think about on her way to Hakone?

6. What do Sayuri and Nobu discuss when they see each other again after so many years in chapter 28?

7. What does Sayuri realize in thinking about Satsu while living with the Arashinos?

8. How does Sayuri come to the impression that the Chairman is in love with Pumpkin?

9. What does Sayuri say in chapter 25 about geisha's talents for making conversation?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Recall chapter 22 in which Sayuri watches Mameha dance in "A Courtier Returns to His Wife" and Mother tells Sayuri she will be adopting her. At this point in the story, explain how the author touches on the topic of loss by depicting several of the characters dealing with their own losses by describing who has lost what and how each character copes.

Essay Topic 2

Explain what a "plot device" is and describe how the Chairman can be considered a plot device, using specific details from the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Recalling Nobu's explanation of what the sumo wrestlers were doing in chapter 17 and how it gave Mameha a good idea on how to destroy Hatsumomo, describe the parallels between sumo and the strategic thought necessary to be successful in life as a geisha.

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