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 Hideyo find to eat as he approaches the gorge through the mountains?

2. What does Hideyo consider taking from the dead soldier?

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

4. What is their first meal in the homeland?

5. What trait does Mrs. Masuda personify?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Hideyo not want to part with the clothes he gtes from the Lees?

2. Do you think the geese Hideyo sees flying are a symbol of anything? If so, what?

3. As Chapter 8 begins, Yoko feels that she has nothing except for one thing. What does she have?

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

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

6. What evidence is there that deep down, Ko is still a young girl?

7. 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?

8. What rituals and traditions do Yoko and Ko perform in honor of New Year's? What significance do they have?

9. Why does Yoko find it hard to believe that the corporal has found her and Ko?

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

Essay Topics

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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