Snow Country Test | Final 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 answer does Komako give to Shimamura's questions about her engagement?

2. On Shimamura's third visit to the resort town, what food is the innkeeper's wife warming when he arrives at the inn?

3. What does Shimamura suppose Yoko thinks of Komako?

4. What does Shimamura's wife say he should take care of in her warning about the season?

5. How long does Komako say it has been since Shimamura last visited the resort town when he returns at the beginning of Part Two?

Short Essay Questions

1. What occupation did Yoko once consider, and why did she give it up?

2. At the time of Shimamura's return in Part 2, what is Komako's financial situation like?

3. What is the content of the first note Komako sends to Shimamura, and who does she have deliver it?

4. What reaction does Shimamura get from Komako when he asks about Yoko's living arrangements?

5. Describe Komako's drunken arrival at Shimamura's room at three in the morning.

6. How does Komako practice her samisen playing?

7. Describe the peddler that Shimamura meets.

8. What does Komako tell Shimamura of the geisha Kikuyu?

9. What is Komako's reaction to the news that Yukio is dying?

10. What do Shimamura and Komako do the night before he is to leave for Tokyo?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Loneliness is a recurring theme of "Snow Country" and perhaps the reason Shimamura and Komako become involved. Discuss the theme of loneliness in the novel "Snow Country".

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the female leads of the novel: Komako and Yoko. Compare and contrast the following:

a) Komako's and Yoko's personality traits.

b) Komako's and Yoko's role in the story.

c) Komako's and Yoko's relationship with Shimamura.

Essay Topic 3

Snow holds great meaning in the novel "Snow Country", as can be gathered from its title. Discuss how snow is used to further the plot and exaggerate the imagery and meaning of the story.

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