So Far from the Bamboo Grove Test | Final Test - Hard

Yoko Kawashima Watkins
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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 is their first meal in the homeland?

2. How does Yoko think of Ko?

3. How does eating so many mushrooms effect Hideyo?

4. What is the name of the story Yoko wrote in first grade?

5. What do Yoko and Ko find in the wrapping cloth?

Short Essay Questions

1. Despite their destitute situation, how does Ko see things in a positive light?

2. Why do you think Yoko ponders that "it was strange that we did not think more of father, whom we loved dearly" instead of Hideyo?

3. Describe the emotions Ko and Yoko experience in the first few pages of Chapter 9.

4. Why do you think Yoko titled her essay, "Understanding?"

5. What role do Ko and Yoko play in Mother's death ritual?

6. How do Yoko and Ko carry out the Japanese death ritual and show respect for mother?

7. Upon mother's and Yoko's reunion at the train station, Yoko thinks to herself that she suddenly "felt grown up." What brings about this change in Yoko's sense of self?

8. Why do you think Hideyo is so attached to Yoko's fur coat?

9. At this point in the story, what defines "normal" for Yoko and Ko?

10. What motivates Hideyo to press on as he struggles through the storm?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How do the main characters deal with the tragedies and atrocities inherently related to war?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Describe the role of kindness in the book. Give specific examples of the kindness that Yoko and her family members receive from others.

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