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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. When Fisby tells one of the people to get off, what does this character say to Fisby?
(a) "I'm going, so let's get going!"
(b) "Why?"
(c) "I'm not taking up any room."
(d) "If the goat can ride, then so can I."

2. What does it mean to give someone a chrysanthemum bud?
(a) That the heart of the giver is ready to unfold.
(b) That the August Moon is wise.
(c) That death is near.
(d) That the recipients' cheeks are like blossoms.

3. What noise can be heard as Fisby tries to hear who is calling him?
(a) Hammering and sawing.
(b) Lotus Blossom talking.
(c) Music.
(d) Buzzing electricity.

4. What is the document called that Fisby is supposed to follow to help the village recover?
(a) Recovery Systems.
(b) Government Tasks.
(c) Plan B.
(d) Plan A.

5. How is Fisby to instruct the women of the village?
(a) Through a series of lectures on democracy.
(b) Sakini is supposed to teach the women.
(c) Through the use of Okinawan songs.
(d) In the classroom.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the people of the village want Fisby to build?

2. What is the daughter pushing when she arrives in Act 1, Scene 2?

3. What gift does Mr. Sumata bring for Fisby?

4. Why do the villagers want to keep Mr. Omura as mayor?

5. What did Fisby do before the war?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Fisby prefer to wear a straw hat after he's been in the village for awhile? Does this indicate a change of heart in other ways too? What?

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

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

4. What is the symbol behind a chrysanthemum bud? Why does Lotus Blossom give this to Fisby? Why does this bother him?

5. 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?

6. Why is McLean upset about being sent away? How does he view what will happen to his plants?

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

8. What does Fisby offer Capt. McLean upon his arrival? Why is this important?

9. What speech is Fisby going to give when he arrives in Tobiki? What does Sakini call the speech? Why? What does this tell the audience about the history of the island and its people?

10. When Col. Purdy arrives unannounced in Tobiki, why does Fisby cover his legs? What do you think goes through Fisby's mind at that moment?

(see the answer keys)

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