Essay Topic 1
Describe the role of kindness in the book. Give specific examples of the kindness that Yoko and her family members receive from others.
Essay Topic 2
How do the main characters deal with the tragedies and atrocities inherently related to war?
Essay Topic 3
What qualities and character traits does Yoko possess that enabled her to survive her ordeal? Compare and contrast these traits with those possessed by Ko and Hideyo. Based on what you know of their parents, which parent do you think each sibling takes after?
Essay Topic 4
What role do Japanese customs and traditions play in the book? Are there instances in which Yoko and her family might have acted differently had they not felt obligated to stay true to their heritage? Cite specific examples.
Essay Topic 5
Why do you think there is such a heavy emphasis on education throughout the book?
Essay Topic 6
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