A Boy Called H Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. After seeing the condition of his grandparents home, how does H feel?

2. What does H think of Mr. Chin?

3. What is the hardest drill?

4. What do H and his friends do when "words of enemy origin" are not allowed?

5. How does H deal with all the new censorship and laws?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the purpose of the bucket brigades?

2. Why would some Japanese people believe that America is a savage country?

3. Why are Chinese people being discriminated against in Japan?

4. What is the Tripartite Alliance? According to Morio, how could it make things worse for Japan?

5. Should Toshiko allow H to read books besides the Bible?

6. Why does the war feel closer to H in Kobe than it does at his grandparents' home?

7. Is H taking the right steps toward healing?

8. What changes are happening at H's school?

9. What scares H at the campaign speech?

10. Why does H doubt that the emperor is a god?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

War breeds suspicion, paranoia, and distrust. In the novel, we see these concepts exhibited on a global scale as well as within the smaller confines of Kobe. Discuss how these concepts are intensified by:

a) The Japanese military

b) The newspapers

c) Rumors circulating Kobe

Essay Topic 2

Due to the war, H experiences many things that a normal childhood would not have included. This is especially true of his school life. Discuss how H's school life is affected by the war.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the novel, we see numerous examples of "blind faith" - Toshiko's undying belief in God, the Japanese's adoration of the Emperor, and the unquestioned belief that Japan will be victorious in the war. Our protagonist, H, seems to be against the grain, as he questions most everything he hears. Is H faithless? Or does H believe in something other than the power of religion, government, or military?

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