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. Where were the Japanese-Americans of Berkeley to report for evacuation?

2. What flowers grew to be seventeen inches in diameter?

3. How many years did Dwight manage a store in Portland?

4. When did Dwight become an employee of Mitsui and Company?

5. How many bedrooms did the house have where the Uchida girls grew up?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What constitutional amendments were ignored during the evacuation?

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

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

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

7. How was the Uchida’s church founded?

8. What types of handwork did Iku create?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The portrait Uchida painted of her childhood revealed the anti-Asian sentiment that was rampant in the United States and helps to explain why the internments occurred. What signs of anti-Asian sentiment did Uchida reveal in her book? What racist incidents did she experience even before the war? How did the anti-Asian sentiment erupt into the forced displacement of Japanese? Did the anti-Asian sentiment end after the war?

Essay Topic 2

As a child and teen, Yoshiko wanted to deny her Japanese background. How was Yoshiko treated in elementary school? Was high school any better? Were there certain places that Japanese were not welcome? Why was it difficult for Japanese college graduates to get jobs? Why did Yoshiko want to be more “white” than Japanese? Why did she try to deny her background? Why did she later embrace her heritage? Did society change or did she?

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 7, Yoshiko noticed discrimination when she visited the living quarters of a white teacher who was stationed at Topaz. What discrimination did Yoshiko find at Tanforan? What discrimination was at Topaz? How did Yoshiko especially feel that she had been the victim of discrimination when she saw the living quarters for a white teacher at Topaz? Was the entire internee experience discrimination?

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