Memoirs of a Geisha Test | Final 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 do Sayuri and Nobu drink together after the Minister has left on the evening the Minister proposed himself as Sayuri's danna?

2. Who designed the gardens at the Baron's estate?

3. Why does Mother suggest that Sayuri and Hatsumomo change rooms?

4. Who does the Chairman say has left him alone at the Ichiriki?

5. What does Sayuri find in Hatsumomo's room while trying to retrieve her journal?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Sayuri's encounter with Yasuda Akira and what she learns from it.

4. Explain why Sayuri needs to leave Gion after the Chairman becomes her danna and what arrangements are made for her to do so.

5. What does Sayuri say happened to Korin and why does she mention the story in chapter 28?

6. What stories does Sayuri tell when it's her turn to play "Big Liar"?

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

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

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

10. What does Sayuri spend her time doing during her first week back in Gion after her years with the Arashinos?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using at least three different examples, explain how beauty takes on varying forms throughout the novel.

Essay Topic 2

List several of the elements of style used by Arthur Golden throughout the novel and explain how they support the novel's major themes.

Essay Topic 3

Using the Baron's forceful undressing of her as an example, describe Sayuri's inability to defend herself and explain how this inability relates to Nobu and what angers him throughout his friendship with Sayuri.

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