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. When did the FBI conduct a camp-wide search for contraband?

2. How many camps for internees were scattered throughout the United States?

3. What were the first churches established at Tanforan?

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

5. The first morning on the train, what time did the Uchidas eat breakfast?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Yoshiko and her mother make signs for the washrooms at Tanforan?

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

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

4. How did Keiko and Yoshiko try to make their parents’ twenty-sixth anniversary special?

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

6. How was the first meal that the Uchidas ate at Tanforan?

7. How did Dwight celebrate his twenty-fifth wedding anniversary?

8. How did Yoshiko receive her college diploma?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The Issei were first-generation immigrants and the Nisei were second-generation immigrants. What struggles did the Issei have in their new country? What struggles did the Nisei have in the United States? What conflicts were there between the Issei and Nisei? Why were opportunities limited for both first and second-generation immigrants?

Essay Topic 3

Yoshiko believed that the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments were ignored when it was decided to remove the Japanese from the West coast. How was it decided to intern the Japanese? Were the Japanese given due process of law? How did the issue of race trump the protections afforded in the Fourteenth Amendment? Why was military expediency allowed to override the constitution? How did a small minority of self-seeking politicians and special interest groups manage to override the constitution?

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