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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What is a shime-nawa?
(a) A rope of twisted straw thought to keep away evil spirits.
(b) A book of Japanese poetry.
(c) A wreath symbolizing prosperity, purity, longevity, and loyalty.
(d) A symbol for luck that is used for making a wish.
2. How do Stephen and Sachi acknowledge each other outside the temple after Kenzo's funeral?
(a) They speak in whispers.
(b) They bow to each other.
(c) They don't acknowledge each other.
(d) They look in each other's eyes.
3. How does Stephen first feel when seeing the condition of afflicted villagers?
(a) Sad, but hopeful.
(b) Disgusted and guilty for his reaction.
(c) More curious than afraid.
(d) He regrets his decision to come.
4. What is Stephen's first impression of the person who meets him at the station?
(a) That he has a secret.
(b) That he is an angry man.
(c) That he yearns for company.
(d) That he enjoys solitude.
5. What is Stephen's interpretation of his parents' marriage at the end of the December journal entries?
(a) That it is at a painful point in a growth process.
(b) That it is over.
(c) That it is no more than a business arrangement.
(d) That it is healing.
6. Who accompanies Stephen home from Canton?
(a) No one.
(b) His mother.
7. Who does Keiko say is in the Japanese army?
(a) Her brother.
(b) Her uncle.
(c) Her cousin.
(d) The man she was engaged to.
8. Where does Stephen first see a kare sansui?
(a) At the house by the beach.
(b) In Matsu's garden.
(c) At Sachi's house.
(d) At Keiko's house.
9. Who does Sachi say saved her from being trampled at a celebration many years earlier?
(b) An unidentified soldier.
(c) Her father.
10. How does Sachi say Tomoko died?
(a) The disease killed her.
(b) She took her life with a fishing knife.
(c) She drowned herself.
(d) She was poisoned.
11. What are described as the symptoms of the illness which affects Stephen's family?
(a) Constant coughing and fever.
(b) Delirium and rashes.
(c) Nausea and vomiting.
(d) Itchy rashes and fever.
12. How does Stephen feel about his father leaving Tamuri in October of 1937?
13. What news is received that dampens the spirits of Stephen, Matsu, and their visitor?
(a) The storm has devastated the village.
(b) A child from the village has drowned.
(c) The Japanese Army is advancing.
(d) The Japanese have taken over a key city.
14. What does Matsu say Kenzo does?
(a) Gets hard to find items.
(b) Delivers important supplies.
(c) Assists villagers with disputes.
(d) Gets food to the hungry.
15. Why doesn't Stephen ask Matsu to go along on his visit to Sachi?
(a) He wants to ask Sachi a question privately.
(b) He thinks that Matsu is getting ill and needs to rest.
(c) He is afraid that Sachi will refuse to see them.
(d) He doesn't want Matsu to go, or to say Stephen can't go.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does Stephen describe the houses in the village of Yamaguchi?
2. Who does Stephen meet in Yamaguchi?
3. To whom does Stephen give a miniature pine tree in a clay planter?
4. What reason does Stephen's father give for sending his mistress a large sum of money?
5. What does the throwing of beans represent?
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