Snow Country Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 disease does Yukio, the music teacher's son, suffer from?

2. What is the weather like outside on the night of Komako's visit to Shimamura's room?

3. What condition is Komako in when she visits Shimamura's room?

4. How does Shimamura claim money has been sent to him?

5. What is Komako's complaint when she calls to Shimamura from the hallway?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where is Shimamura headed at the beginning of the story, and who does he plan to meet?

2. What kind of relationship does Shimamura apparently want with Komako?

3. What happens with Komako on a night during Shimamura's first visit to the resort town that contradicts a decision he made earlier?

4. Where does Shimamura go the day after his night with Komako, and why might he have left?

5. Describe Komako's situation at the time of her first meeting with Shimamura.

6. What distracts Shimamura after leaving his inn and the young geisha, and what does he do?

7. Why has Komako started working as a geisha, according to the person Kamako meets on his way home from Komako's room?

8. How does Komako express her liking of Shimamura when she visits his room at the inn on his second visit to the resort town?

9. When Shimamura arrives for his second visit to the resort town, how many days does Komako say it has it been since she and Shimamura spent their night together, and how can she be sure of this?

10. What effect does the weather have on Komako's visit Shimamura's room during his first visit to the resort town?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss and interpret the imagery used at the end of the novel. For instance, what is the meaning behind the Milky Way and Yoko's body floating?

Essay Topic 2

The novel is set in Japan during the 1930's. Discuss Japan in the 1930's and how this setting affects the narrative.

Essay Topic 3

Is "Snow Country" a romance? Why or why? Use examples from the text to illustrate your opinion.

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