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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. Where was Sakini born?

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

3. What is Fisby wearing when Col. Purdy calls him?

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

5. What gift does Mr. Sumata bring for Fisby?

Short Essay Questions

1. McLean goes into great detail about worms? What did you learn about worms from his descriptions? Why does this concern Col. Purdy?

2. 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?

3. Describe the Tobiki Co-Operative. How is it set up? Why does Col. Purdy think it is Communism?

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

5. When Fisby offers Capt. McLean tsukemomo, McLean declines saying he just ate something. What? What is important about what Capt. McLean just ate? How does this outline the conflict between McLean and Fisby?

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

7. Why do cricket cages always come empty? What does this idea tell us about the philosophy of the people of Tobiki?

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

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

10. What does the old woman sitting on top of the jeep foreshadow? What clue does this character give to the general plot of the play?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the role of Sakini as the narrator and describe how he is used in this play as narrator and as a character. What is Sakini's personal point-of-view and how does it influence the audience during the play? Is a narrator always used to influence or is he usually there just to tell the story?

Essay Topic 2

The cricket holds a special place in Okinawan society. Explain the importance of the cricket in Okinawan society. Do you think the villagers believe in the importance of the cricket? Why do you think the villagers believe the cricket should hold such a place of honor?

Essay Topic 3

What happens to the bi-monthly Progress Reports? How are the cricket cages used for humor when trying to find important paperwork in Fisby's office? Why does Fisby take such a loose approach with these reports? Could he have done this differently and avoided problems in the end? Why doesn't he?

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