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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 does Himiko want to do after the baby dies?
2. What does Bird tell the doctor he wants to do with the baby?
3. What makes the baby start to cry uncontrollably in the car?
4. The content of the letter Bird received is notifying Bird of a meeting with ______________.
5. What concerns Bird about Himiko's car?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the motif of fear in the book and how Bird transcends it after talking with Kikuhiko.
2. How is Bird's burden somehow lightened when he finally accepts responsibility for his son?
3. What is Delchef's opinion on how Bird is handling the situation regarding the baby?
4. Who is Kikuhiko and how is he introduced to the story?
5. What reason does Bird give Himiko for taking the baby back to the hospital for the operation?
6. What is the significance of Bird scratching behind his ear after his tiny son does the same thing?
7. How have Himiko's feelings about Bird evolved over the last few days?
8. What does Bird name the baby and how does Himiko know the name?
9. What are some of the negative and positive reminders that Bird receives about the possibilities for his future?
10. What is the significance of the name, Kikuhiko, to Bird and to the story?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Describe the role of the family in A PERSONAL MATTER. What does it mean for each of the main characters? How does the family evolve in its support of each other? How typical is this family to most Japanese families living during the 1960s?
Essay Topic 2
Explain the role of women in 1960s Japan when the women in the novel are living their lives. What precedents do they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do they have? What freedoms did they have that 21st century women do not have?
Essay Topic 3
The author uses more than one instance of irony in the book. Cite at least two other examples you can identify in the book and note why they are examples of irony.
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