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. In chapter 16, what does Mameha tell Sayuri that Pumpkin has won?

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

3. How does Hatsumomo paint her lips?

4. What is Chiyo asked to deliver to Hatsumomo in chapter 7?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What caused Nobu's injuries?

3. What is the apprentice's award?

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

5. What does Mameha tell Chiyo at the beginning of chapter 12 to do in regards to Hatsumomo?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Use a specific situation from the story to characterize the topic of exploitation as it recurs throughout the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Describe how Arthur Golden uses symbols to further the plot in chapters 9 and 10 when Chiyo is trying to decide what to do with her future. Back up your description with several examples from the text, such as Chiyo's dream of the old man opening the window, the dead moth, the several wrapped packages, or Mameha's consultation of the almanac.

Essay Topic 3

Explain how Nobu's character is used as a symbol of both ugliness and beauty throughout the novel using specific information from the text.

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