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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What is part of the reason that Stephen says that time has slowed to a crawl?
(a) News of the war has taken a toll on everyone.
(b) Kenzo's death has affected Matsu.
(c) He doesn't see much of Sachi and Keiko.
(d) Kenzo's death has affected Stephen.
2. What does Matsu tell Stephen he can hope for when he looks back on his life?
(a) That everything happened for a reason.
(b) That he loved and had been loved.
(c) That he has no regrets.
(d) To leave with all debts paid.
3. What is said about the shantytowns by Pie in her letter?
(a) They are sorely in need of money.
(b) They are filled with cardboard houses and people who are sick.
(c) The are a blight on the landscape of a once proud nation.
(d) They are the last refuge of the desparate.
4. How does Matsu react when he and Stephen walk by Kenzo's teahouse for the first time after Kenzo's death?
(a) He stops in front of it and stands silently.
(b) He starts talking about Tomoko.
(c) He quickens his pace.
(d) He stares straight ahead without looking at it.
5. Who cared for Sachi when she first arrived in Yamaguchi?
6. What does Stephen think might be the reason that Keiko's father hates him?
(a) Fear of the Chinese.
(b) Protection of his daughter.
(c) His dislike of Matsu.
(d) Ancient family grievances.
7. Where has Matsu been when he returns to the beach house?
(a) Helping Sachi.
(b) The funeral.
(c) The teahouse.
(d) Mailing Stephen's letters.
8. Who does Sachi say was Matsu's opposite?
9. What happens when Stephen walks Keiko home after her visit in March of 1938?
(a) She tells Stephen to stay away.
(b) She kisses him and tells him to stay away from her family.
(c) She allows him to kiss her.
(d) Her father discovers them and is angry.
10. What does Sachi say Matsu told her when he discovered she ran away rather than take her own life?
(a) One sister lost is enough.
(b) There is a place you can go.
(c) It takes more courage to live than to die.
(d) My soul is grateful you could not act.
11. What is the mood surrounding Stephen's visit to the Tama shrine?
12. How does Keiko address her father's behavior to Stephen?
(a) She blames Stephen for provoking her father.
(b) She ignores the issue.
(c) She apologizes.
(d) She blames his anger on the war.
13. What does Sachi say Tanka should not have saved after the fire destroys Tanka's home?
(c) Her photos.
(d) The old cat.
14. What does Keiko do when Stephen asks her to meet him at the shrine?
(a) Looks in his eyes and nods.
(b) Begs him to leave her alone.
(c) Says he brings shame on her family.
(d) Touches his hand when no one is looking and leaves.
15. When does Stephen's mother say that she and Pie will come to visit in her May, 1938 letter?
(a) She says they will come after the war.
(b) She says they will come before the war ends.
(c) She says they will arrive in one week.
(d) She says it's best if they don't visit.
Short Answer Questions
1. What effect does Matsu say Tomoko's illness had on their relationship?
2. Why does Stephen say he feels cheated?
3. What does Stephen say about the celebration of the rebuilt houses in Yamaguchi?
4. Why does Stephen say something has changed between himself and Keiko?
5. What are Stephen's feelings surrounding Penelope's war efforts?
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