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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 Yoko liken her blanket to?
2. How does Ko change her appearance?
3. What does the note say that Yoko gives the corporal?
4. What happens after the train is bombed?
5. Who do Hideyo and his friends encounter on their journey towards Seoul?
Short Essay Questions
1. How is Yoko's family's life different during the day and at night?
2. In what ways is Yoko having to grow up quickly in Chapter 2?
3. Why does mother not want to look as the train passes their house?
4. What scene do Yoko, Ko, and mother encounter when they arrive at the train station?
5. Do you think Yoko would have made it this far without Ko?
6. What war-time preparations are being made by Yoko's family in Chapter 1?
7. Yoko's family has little time to pack when they left their home. They have to decide between items necessary for survival and items which are of sentimental value. What item of sentimental is revealed in this chapter and what is its significance?
8. If you were to give Chapter 2 a title, what would it be, and why?
9. Early in Chapter 5, Ko wishes that Yoko had been killed. Do you think she still feels this way at the end of the chapter? Why or why not?
10. Why does Hideyo think that the Korean Communists want to find his father?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Discuss the role of honor in the book.
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?
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