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 does Pumpkin leave the okiya to get for Hatsumomo in chapter 20?

2. What happens to a geisha who marries?

3. Who repeatedly invites Sayuri to the Ichiriki Teahouse to entertain in chapter 19?

4. What does Hatsumomo say her paulownia wood is for?

5. In chapter 16, what does Mameha claim Hatsumomo's behavior proves?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how Sayuri gets her new name.

2. What happens when Sayuri watches Mameha dance at the performance of "Dances of the Old Capital"?

3. Why does Nobu say he's angry with Sayuri at the end of chapter 26?

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

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

6. Explain how Sayuri finds herself in a difficult situation when Mameha comes to the okiya to collect on her bet with Mother.

7. What is Mother's reaction to her conversation with Mameha in chapter 11?

8. What does Sayuri say at the end of the novel about how passion fades?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Just prior to Chiyo being made an apprentice, Mameha teaches her something and then asks her to put it into practice on the street. Explain what Mameha has taught Chiyo and why this is important for Chiyo to be able to do as a geisha.

Essay Topic 2

In looking back on her life as an older woman in New York, Sayuri talks about change as well as constants throughout her life. Explain which things these are and describe Sayuri's view of how her life has changed over time.

Essay Topic 3

Sayuri experiences several ceremonies throughout her time as a geisha. Describe these ceremonies and their purpose, and explain how Sayuri feels about each of them.

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