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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. Why is the person or animal who jumps on right before the group leaves traveling?
(a) He is the children's pet..
(b) He just wants to go for a ride.
(c) He wants to see the ocean.
(d) He wants to see the jungle.

2. What is Miss Higa Jiga complaining about in particular?
(a) The rice shortage.
(b) All the noise from the new building.
(c) That Lotus Blossom goes to the front of the line in the rice rations line.
(d) The democratic lectures.

3. To whom does Lotus Blossom pay her dues?
(a) The Okinawan Guild.
(b) The Teahouse Guild.
(c) The Artisan Guild.
(d) The Geisha Guild.

4. What is Col. Purdy looking for as Act 1, Scene 1 ends?
(a) His magazine.
(b) His bathrobe.
(c) His toothbrush.
(d) His pants.

5. What has Maj. McEvoy accomplished in his village?
(a) 4th-graders know the alphabet through "M" and the whole village can sing "God Bless America" in English.
(b) All new houses have been built.
(c) A new schoolhouse has been built.
(d) He has delivered fourteen lectures on democracy.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is in love with Lotus Blossom?

2. Why do the people of the village want to make Hokaida Chief of Police?

3. Why will the person sitting on top of the bundles not fall off?

4. How does Sakini announce to Col. Purdy that he has entered the room?

5. Why does Sakini walk so slowly?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Fisby tell Mclean about his personal happiness? When did he become happy? Why? What is happening to Fisby? How is he changing?

2. Why do the judges declare Mr. Hokaida the winner of the wrestling match?

3. Why do the villagers hide things? What does this tell the audience about their history?

4. When the teahouse is reassembled on stage, what is the last light to come on? What is this symbolic of? How does this complete the play?

5. What does Col. Purdy explain to Fisby about America's involvement in expansion? When does Purdy think America's troops will be gone from Okinawa? How does this affect his state-of-mind as far as responsibility goes?

6. What does the old woman sitting on top of the jeep foreshadow? What clue does this character give to the general plot of the play?

7. What is the daughter going on the trip for? What must she bring along? How does this complicate the trip?

8. How does Sakini explain what a Geisha does? Does this information change Fisby's mind?

9. Why is it funny when McLean describes that his "Japanese beetles are eating up my Chinese peas?" Is there a bigger significance to this than the plant names? Is there irony in this comment?

10. Why do cricket cages always come empty? What does this idea tell us about the philosophy of the people of Tobiki?

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