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Yoshiko Uchida
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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 flowers grew to be seventeen inches in diameter?

2. After Dwight was interned in Chapter 3, how many visitors came for several days in a row?

3. How long did it take Yoshiko to finish high school?

4. What was the man’s nationality that accosted Yoshiko and friends at a Berkeley restaurant?

5. In his letters from the internment camp, who did Dwight ask be sent a monthly check?

Short Essay Questions

1. What illnesses did Yoshiko suffer from?

2. What did the children do while they waited for the adult church service to end?

3. What was the dominant language in the Uchida home?

4. How was Dolls Festival Day celebrated at the Uchida home?

5. What did Grandmother Uchida do that showed she was a devout Christian?

6. What did the Secretary of the Navy say about the attack at Pearl Harbor?

7. What were some of the things that Dwight wrote from the camp in Montana and asked his family to do?

8. What invalidated the government’s claim that the evacuation of the Japanese from the west coast from a military necessity?

9. How did the neighbors treat the Uchida family as the evacuation drew near?

10. Why did the FBI break into the Uchidas’ home?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Uchida family made a trip to Japan—a trip that invoked different emotions and meant something special to each family member who went on the trip. What did Iku remember about her first trip to America? How did the voyage to Japan compare to that trip? How did Iku feel about the luxury they were able to afford? In what way was the trip a homecoming for Dwight and Iku? Why was it especially a homecoming for Iku? How did Iku feel about returning to Japan for a visit? What did the trip mean to Yoshio and Keiko? Why did the trip to Japan mean something special to Grandmother Uchida? How did the trip fulfill dreams that some of the family members had?

Essay Topic 2

Camp life put a strain on relationships and character. Why were some families gradually torn apart by camp life? How was the authority of the family degraded? What other relationships were affected? What was the general character of the Japanese in everyday life outside the internment camps? Why did people begin to do things like participate in criminal behavior inside the camps—something they probably would never have done outside? Why did camp life seem to erode moral behavior and character?

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 3, Yoshiko told about mixed reactions to the bombing at Pearl Harbor. How did most of the Japanese that Yoshiko knew, including her family, feel when they heard the news? Why weren’t they concerned? How did the white people feel when they heard the news? Why was there such a varied reaction to the news?

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