Hiroshima Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What is Miss Toshinki Sasaki's profession?

2. When a roar of approaching planes is heard at Asano Park, the baker commands people to take off garments having what color?

3. Why does Dr. Fujii like to read the Osaka News?

4. What is Miss Sasaki's neighbor at the factory mistaken about?

5. How many patients does Dr. Fujii have prior to the bombing?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Mrs. Nakamura doing the morning of the bombing?

2. Describe Reverend Mr. Tanimoto.

3. What is the weather at Asano Park like?

4. Describe Dr. Terufumi Sasaki.

5. Describe Father Wilhelm Kleinsorge.

6. What explains why so many citizens who are hurt go unattended and why so many citizens who might have lived die?

7. Why does Miss Toshiko Sasaki get up at 3 o'clock in the morning the day the bomb falls?

8. The day of the bombing, what is Mr. Tanimoto's morning like?

9. Describe Dr. Masakazu Fujii and his lifestyle prior to the bombing.

10. After the bomb hits, what does Mr. Tanimoto see from the mound in the garden?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The aftermath of the bombing and how it affects the government and future of Japan's science.

1. What is the message behind the Japanese government quickly rebuilding Hiroshima?

2. How does the dropping of the atomic bomb affect the Japanese government's pride and outlook upon itself and its future with regards to war? Cite three examples from the book.

3. What affects does the bomb have on the future of Japan's science?

Essay Topic 2

Weeks after the explosion, people experience radiation sickness.

1. How were some of the characters able to excel despite radiation sickness? Would the characters have been able to push as far had they not experienced the trauma of the atomic bomb and radiation sickness?

2. What immediate actions could the Japanese or other governments, like that of the United states, have done to help ease the peoples' radiation sickness?

Essay Topic 3

John Hersey portrays the lives of six survivors of the atomic bomb.

1. Does Hersey give equal content to each character's story in the book or does there seem to be a preference over one or the other? Cite examples to prove your theory.

2. Why were these six characters chosen for the book? What similarities and differences do they possess that enables the story to be told effectively?

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