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 did Shimamura say one look at the young geisha did?

2. What does Shimamura say he let himself believe about the young geisha?

3. Who tells Shimamura about the unlicensed geisha, Komako?

4. What does Komako intend to do with her diary before she dies?

5. What does Shimamura say left him at the sight of the young geisha?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. What is Komako's condition when she shows up at Shimamura's room in the middle of the night on his first visit to the resort town?

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

5. Who does Shimamura meet on his way home from Komako's room, and what impressed him about this person?

6. Who does Shimamura observe on the train on his way to the resort town?

7. What excuse does Shimamura use to leave his room with the geisha?

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

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

10. What are Komako's living arrangements like?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The geisha is a prominent figure in the novel "Snow Country". Discuss the role of geisha in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the relationship of Shimamura and Komako. In your opinion, what is the true nature of their relationship? Do they love each other? What problems have they faced?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss how the narrative is affected by the point of view used in the novel. What is kept hidden from the reader because of this point of view?

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