The Teahouse of the August Moon Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What should Fisby be wearing out in the sun according to Col. Purdy?

2. Who is the old woman sitting on top of the bundles related to?

3. What did the children want to see on the trip?

4. What is one of the main points of democracy that Fisby tells the villagers?

5. What, according to Fisby, does Congress not have any control over?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. Is the ancient man who jumps on the jeep at the last minute a symbol for something? What?

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

6. Why does Lotus Blossom want to go to America? How does she see the country? What does Fisby think would be her reality?

7. What is Miss Higa Jiga's complaint about Lotus Blossom? How does she want to overcome this issue? How does this idea fit in with Fisby's American thought process?

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Other than Lotus Blossom, the character of Miss Higa Jiga is the only other woman described in much detail. Describe Miss Higa Jiga. What does Miss Higa Jiga represent? What does she symbolized? What changes does she make during the play?

Essay Topic 2

Describe democracy as viewed by Fisby and by Sakini. What are the differences and similarities of each viewpoint? By the end of the play, how have Fisby and Sakini's views of democracy changed?

Essay Topic 3

How is the chrysanthemum a symbol throughout the play? What different meanings does it have as the play evolves? Describe the difference between the bud and a chrysanthemum in full bloom. Do you think Fisby ever understands the significance of the flower as the villagers do?

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