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. How do people on Okinawa travel?

2. To whom does Lotus Blossom pay her dues?

3. How will Fisby see around the children on the hood of the car?

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

5. Why is the person or animal who jumps on right before the group leaves traveling?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. What does Fisby say to the villagers after their failure selling their good? Why does he want them to be proud of their work? Why is their work different?

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

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. When does the audience become aware of McLean's hobby? How does McLean react to the mention of chemicals being used on plants in the area? What does he propose doing instead? What does this tell the audience about McLean's character?

8. What is the subtitle of Plan B? What is funny about the title? Why?

9. How does Col. Purdy compare Fisby to Major McEvoy? What has Major McEvoy done in his village that the Col. admires? Why?

10. What do the villagers want to build instead of a schoolhouse? What does this say about the values of the villagers? What does this say about Fisby?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What does it mean to the resident of the village to sit in the pine grove and watch the sun go down while drinking tea? What ideals does this promote?

Essay Topic 2

How do you think the teahouse would be viewed by visitors? Compare that view to how you think the community views the teahouse. How does the teahouse add value to the community?

Essay Topic 3

In the play, what is the difference between Okinawan industry and American industry? What role do machines play in the comparison?

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