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

2. Who is the old woman sitting on top of the bundles related to?
(a) The village mayor.
(b) The Colonel.
(c) Fisby.
(d) The emperor.

3. What does Fisby want the ladies to do first with their Ladies League for Democratic Action?
(a) Have weekly bridge lessons.
(b) Create a forum for democratic talks.
(c) Elect a League President.
(d) Have weekly English lessons.

4. What items does Miss Higa Jiga want Fisby to send for so that the women in the village can compete with Lotus Blossom?
(a) New wigs.
(b) Lip stick, powder, and bobby-pins.
(c) New white cloth.
(d) New Kimono material.

5. What does Miss Higa Jiga want Lotus Blossom to do for the League for Democratic Action?
(a) Teach them how to serve tea.
(b) Teach them about democracy.
(c) Teach them how to play an instrument.
(d) Teach them to be Geisha.

Short Answer Questions

1. On what island does the play take place?

2. What upsets Col. Purdy about the men dancing at the officer's club?

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

4. How is Fisby to instruct the women of the village?

5. Who does Purdy believe wrote the "Tale of Two Cities"?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Fisby gives Lotus Blossom a chrysanthemum in full bloom, what is he saying to her, according to her traditions? What misunderstanding do you think will come of this action?

2. How does Sakini refer to the goat as a person? What does he say to Fisby? Why is there no reaction from Fisby?

3. How does Sakini describe the trip to Tobiki by jeep? What does this tell the audience about Fisby's control?

4. At the beginning of Act 3, Scene 1, Sakini notes that, "Prosperity giggle like silly girl. Things we do best...not wanted. Things we think least of...wanted most." What is he referring to? How did he create this thought process?

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

6. Describe Plan B. How does Col. Purdy decide to teach democracy?

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

8. What does Fisby say about the teahouse to Col. Purdy? How does he reference Purdy's mother? Why does this upset Col. Purdy?

9. What did Col. Purdy promise his wife? What does this tell the audience about his marriage to Mrs. Purdy?

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?

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