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. What does Hideyo consider taking from the dead soldier?

3. What items does the trash man save for Yoko?

4. What color was Yoko's blanket originally?

5. What is the most gorgeous thing Yoko ever owned?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Yoko feel when she disembarks the boat in Fukuoka?

2. Describe the dichotomy of the Tokyo train station.

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

4. How does Ko demonstrate the importance of respect in Japanese culture?

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

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

7. In order to survive for as long as Hideyo has in the conditions he has endured, what character traits do you think he possesses?

8. 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?

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

10. Describe Yoko's friendship with Mr. Naido.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

So Far From the Bamboo Grove is seen as a controversial book by some who have even fought to have it removed from English curricula. Why do you think people perceive this book as controversial? Cite specific examples from the text which could be construed as controversial.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the portrayal of the Korean Communists in the book. Compare and contrast this with historic research and primary documents.

Essay Topic 3

There are many times throughout the book when the characters have to lie or be dishonest with people. Under what circumstances did Yoko, Ko, Hideyo, and other characters have to lie throughout their ordeal? What were the consequences, if any, for their dishonesty? Might these lies ever come back to haunt the characters in their future? If so, how?

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