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Alessandro Baricco
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was Joncour wearing the first time Baldabiou saw him?
(a) Shorts.
(b) A uniform.
(c) Work overalls.
(d) A suit.

2. What did Baldabiou do with all of his secrets about silk?
(a) He shared them.
(b) He only told Helene.
(c) He only told Joncour.
(d) He only told the mayor.

3. What does the couple agree should be the name of their child, if they have a boy?
(a) Joncour.
(b) Phillippe.
(c) Jean.
(d) Gerard.

4. By Imperial Decree, how many masts could a ship have sailing into Japan's harbors?
(a) 1 mast.
(b) 5 masts.
(c) None.
(d) 2 masts.

5. How many silk eggs can a person hold in their hand?
(a) 1000s.
(b) Just 2.
(c) Millions.
(d) 100.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who bands together to pay for Joncour's expedition to Japan?

2. What does Baldabiou observe about the silkworm trade in 1861?

3. What happens when the mistress sees Joncour at the party?

4. What happens to Joncour's neighbor, initially?

5. When Baldabiou returned to the mayor with the money made from the factories, what did he call the mayor?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Madame Blanche's calling card? What does she give the men she sleeps with?

2. When Hara Kei tells Joncour that the mistress "doesn't speak your language", is he referring to more that French? What is he trying to tell Joncour?

3. After Joncour is given the note, he stops for a moment on his way out of town when leaving for home. Why does he stop? What is he doing? What is he thinking? What message is he trying to convey?

4. It is against the law to sell silk eggs in Japan. Why is it reasonable in the eyes of the silk manufacturers to break a law in Japan? Are they concerned for the welfare of Joncour? Why? Why not?

5. How does the author describe the character of the Mayor? How is the telling of his story told in a circular fashion?

6. After his travels to Africa, how does Joncour describe his trip when someone asks? Why does he not give a better description?

7. Describe how silk eggs hatch and what happens to them.

8. Why does Joncour arrive in Hara Kei's village on foot? What message is he sending to the mistress?

9. Why are the silkworms of Japan not affected by disease? What is their history of trade?

10. On his second trip to Japan, Joncour sits at the lake with Hara Kei and they are described as "Holding their peace." What do you think the author means by this? Where else have you heard this expression? Do you think there is a connection between a reference to a wedding and a mistress?

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