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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. What is the daughter pushing when she arrives in Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) A baby stroller.
(b) A shopping cart.
(c) A wheelbarrow.
(d) A bike.

2. What did the children want to see on the trip?
(a) The mountains.
(b) The ocean.
(c) An army base.
(d) Other children.

3. What does Sakini tell Fisby is the business of a Geisha?
(a) To prepare food for men.
(b) To read to men.
(c) To listen to the troubles of men.
(d) To dance for men.

4. Why does the traveler need so many packages?
(a) She always travels with many packages.
(b) She is going for three or four months to visit.
(c) She is taking many presents.
(d) She is selling objects she has made.

5. What is one of the main points of democracy that Fisby tells the villagers?
(a) That you can write the President.
(b) That the President wants a school.
(c) That the President is your friend.
(d) That the President is an old man.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does "Hai" mean in English according to Sakini?

2. How often is Fisby supposed to send a report to Col. Purdy?

3. How does Fisby take his "medication?"

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

5. What is Sakini chewing when the play begins?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is happening as Act 2, Scene 2 opens? What does this action suggest about Fisby's character? What has changed about Fisby?

2. What are the villagers going to do with all the money they make selling their brandy? Why is it important to wear white coats? What is the white coat a symbol of for the people of Okinawa?

3. What does Fisby say to Lotus Blossom when she asks if she should marry Seiko? How does his answer reflect his American beliefs? Does this signal a change away from the village?

4. What does Col. Purdy order Gregovich to do to the brandy stills? Why does he think this is the correct plan of action?

5. 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?

6. How does Sakini describe Tobiki at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 1? Why do those descriptions not go together? How does this create conflict?

7. How does Fisby achieve peace with himself in the end? What happens to his ambition? How does he describe his own balance?

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

9. How are the villagers getting drunk? How do they make liquor? Why do they make it?

10. How is Lotus Blossom going to remember Fisby? What is she going to do in remembrance?

(see the answer keys)

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