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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 will the person sitting on top of the bundles not fall off?
(a) She is tied on.
(b) She is going to hold on tight.
(c) She has great balance.
(d) She has on a seat belt.

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

3. What does Col. Purdy want to talk to Fisby about on the telephone?
(a) The gifts Fisby sent to the Col. to see.
(b) Lotus Blossom.
(c) A trip to come visit.
(d) The Progress Report.

4. On what island does the play take place?
(a) Shikoku.
(b) Hokkaidō.
(c) Honshū.
(d) Okinawa.

5. Who jumps on the back of the transportation just before they leave for the trip?
(a) An ancient man.
(b) Col. Purdy.
(c) Fisby.
(d) Another animal.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Col. Purdy looking for as Act 1, Scene 1 ends?

2. What does Mr. Hokaida give as a gift?

3. Where will the people of the village get the lumber for their building project?

4. What will happen if Fisby does not take the person sitting on top of the bundles?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. At the beginning of Act 3, Scene 2, what does Sakini tell us about the history of Okinawa? Who have they survived? Who has invaded them? Who's invading them now?

2. 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?

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

4. Describe the road to Tobiki. What does this tell the audience about how the journey will go?

5. What do you think is the difference between the goods made by the villagers and those sold in the 5&10 cent stores? Discuss machine vs. handmade.

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

7. 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?

8. What does Miss Higa Jiga threaten to do if Fisby does not agree with her request? Why is this important? What does this do to the story?

9. When Capt. McLean arrives in Tobiki, how does he find Fisby? What is Fisby dressed in and what is the appearance of his office? What does this tell the audience about Fisby?

10. What is the clue that Col. Purdy is not a very learned man?

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