Farewell to Manzanar Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is the most important day in Jeanne's life? Why?

It is the day Pearl Harbor is bombed. This becomes the most important day because it changes Jeanne's life so drastically. She and her family are discriminated against and sent to an internment camp because of this.

2. Why does anti-Asian sentiment increase on the West Coast?

Many people are afraid that Asians in America are spying for the Japanese or providing them with some type of help. The government and the media increase this sentiment through their words and actions. The sentiment has been brewing for a number of years and Pearl Harbor increases them.

3. What does Papa do after learning about Pearl Harbor?

He burns all papers identifying him as Japanese as well as a flag that he brought with him from Japan. The family moves into Woody's home on Terminal Island. Papa knows that he will be arrested because of his commercial fishing license so he tries to prepare the family for his absence.

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