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

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. Who is waiting at Mameha's apartment for Sayuri when she arrives at the end of chapter 15?

4. What does Chiyo do at the end of chapter 13 that convinces Mameha that she is ready for her debut?

5. What remark does the Chairman make about Sayuri's kimono?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the apprentice's award?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does Chiyo feel about Mr. Tanaka when she first meets him?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Define what it means to "grow up", and, using the rites of passage found in the book, explain the events that happen that lead to Sayuri "growing up".

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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