Desert Exile: The Uprooting of a Japanese American Family Test | Final 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. With how many families did Iku share the evergreen branches she received for Christmas?

2. By the time the Uchidas left Tanforan, what did they have for Sunday dinner?

3. What grade did Yoshiko teach at Tanforan?

4. How long did Yoshiko and a friend take refuge in a laundry barrack during a dust storm at Topaz?

5. How many softball teams were at Tanforan?

Short Essay Questions

1. What were some of the health issues suffered by the Uchidas at Tanforan?

2. How did Yoshiko receive her college diploma?

3. What were some of the first organizations established at Tanforan?

4. How was the Topaz camp arranged?

5. What break were the internees given after the train reached Nevada sagebrush country?

6. What trips outside Topaz were Dwight and his daughters allowed to make?

7. How were the barracks organized and furnished at Topaz?

8. Who were some people who died at Topaz?

9. Where did friends gather at Tanforan to say goodbye to the Uchidas and other internees as they headed to Topaz?

10. Who were some of the visitors who visited the Uchidas at Tanforan?

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 Why was this privilege rescinded?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

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 1943, Japanese Americans were allowed and encouraged to serve in the United States military. Why weren’t they allowed to serve in the military from June of 1942 to January of 1943? Why did President Roosevelt believe that the Nisei should finally be allowed to serve? How were the Nisei to be allowed to serve? Why not integrate them throughout the army? Why were some Issei disdainful of the plan to allow Japanese Americans in the military? Why was it hypocritical for the United States to be asking the Nisei to enlist? How did this new policy cause tremendous turmoil at Topaz? What struggle did the Nisei face as they considered whether to enlist or not?

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