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. In Chapter 3, what time did Yoshiko discover the FBI had visited her home?

2. Why didn’t the boy who took Laddie write the Uchidas?

3. What color dishes were used by the Uchidas at Sunday picnics?

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

5. What government official stated that the Pearl Harbor attack was the result of espionage and sabotage by Japanese-Americans?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why did many Nisei students begin leaving the university?

3. How was the Uchida’s church founded?

4. How did the Uchida women learn where Dwight had been taken?

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

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

7. What did Curtis B. Munson’s report reveal about possible sabotage by Japanese Americans?

8. What types of handwork did Iku create?

9. After Yoshiko and her sister and mother visited Dwight at the detention center, why did they fear they would never see him again?

10. What were the Uchidas doing when they learned about the attack on Pearl Harbor?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

For a brief time at Tanforan, the Japanese were self-governing and held elections. How did the Japanese establish political boundaries? What offices were up for election? How was voting held? Why were the votes invalidated? How long were the Japanese allowed to self-govern? Why was this privilege rescinded?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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