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 does Yoko take from the trash?

2. What predicament does Yoko face after being enrolled in school for a few months?

3. What does Ko make for breakfast, "the only decent breakfast" they've eaten in five months?

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

5. How does Mother pay for Yoko and Ko to go to school?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How would you characterize Yoko's classmates' experience during the final months of the war based on the way she is received?

3. 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?

4. What are the physical and psychological obstacles facing Hideyo in Chapter 6?

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

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

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 Yoko titled her essay, "Understanding?"

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Although the Kawashima family loses virtually all of their possessions including their home, what do they never lose despite their circumstances? Cite three examples and explain.

Essay Topic 2

There are many supporting characters in the book who are essential to Yoko's and Ko's survival. Choose three of these characters and describe how they were instrumental in the girls' survival. Also discuss why, in a time of war, these people were willing to go out of their way to help others.

Essay Topic 3

What role does family play in the book? How is the importance of family symbolized? At what cost does the family try to stay together? Are there characters in the book who are not blood relatives but act as such? Give specific examples.

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