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. At Tanforan, what time were the Uchidas assigned to eat breakfast?

2. What place did Yoshiko win for one of her paintings at Tanforan?

3. In Chapter 8, why were Yoshiko and Keiko allowed to go to Delta with a white staff member?

4. How many acres did Tanforan encompass?

5. How many students attended the Tanforan art school?

Short Essay Questions

1. How was Keiko finally able to use her college degree?

2. What were the living accommodations for the Uchida family following the evacuation?

3. In Chapter 6, what would non-Japanese friends bring the Uchidas when they came to visit?

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

5. Where was Yoshiko released to go in May, 1943?

6. How did the tight living quarters at Topaz affect families?

7. How did Dillon S. Myer say that being cut off from the mainstream of American life affected people?

8. How did friends help the Uchidas settle into their horse stall?

9. How did Yoshiko describe her neighbors at Tanforan?

10. Did the food ever improve at Tanforan?

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

In Chapter 3, the Uchida women struggled with the running of the household and the business affairs. Why was it so difficult for the women to handle the household and business affairs? Why did Dwight always handle those things before? Was it common for men at that time to handle all business matters? Were men’s and women’s roles more defined at that time? How did the women rise to the occasion? Who took the most responsibility for financial matters? How did Dwight try to assist the women as they were left to handle the household details? Did they eventually become comfortable with the situation? Why or why not?

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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