Desert Exile: The Uprooting of a Japanese American Family Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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. How many dogs did the Uchida girls have growing up?

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

3. In Chapter 3, what did the men in the internment camp take as a positive sign?

4. How did one of the Uchida’s dogs die?

5. What type of flowers grew higher than Yoshiko’s head?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did the house and yard look like where the Uchida girls grew up?

2. What did Iku carry in her purse?

3. Why was money a major concern after Dwight was detained?

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

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

6. What types of handwork did Iku create?

7. What would Iku do with her girls for a special outing?

8. What illnesses did Yoshiko suffer from?

9. What ritual did Yoshiko and her mother complete every morning before school?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Tanforan and Topaz, there were climate adjustments that the Uchidas and others had to make. How were the climates different in Berkeley, Tanforan, and Topaz? What physical ailments were caused by the climates in Tanforan and Topaz? Was it more difficult to adjust to one climate than another?

Essay Topic 2

The Army’s official euphemism for the forced removal of the Japanese was evacuation. Were the Japanese removed from the west coast for their safety? Where, in some minds, did the danger lie? Why would it have been more truthful for the Army to have said that the Japanese were being interned or imprisoned?

Essay Topic 3

Yoshiko often felt like a second-class citizen. Why did Yoshiko feel like a second-class citizen? Why did she and her friends keep to themselves and have their own clubs and activities separate from the hites? What the prevailing sentiment toward the Japanese in America before World War II? Did Yoshiko and her friends question the way they were treated or did they feel it was normal? Why?

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