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 Father Wilhelm Kleinsorge doing when the bomb falls?

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

3. At Asano Park, how do the wounded die?

4. What happens to the climate in Asano Park?

5. Where does Dr. Sasaki work?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the atmosphere like at Asano Park?

2. Describe Father Wilhelm Kleinsorge.

3. What are the weather and conditions like as Dr. Fujii walks over the bridge after the bombing?

4. What is the weather at Asano Park like?

5. How does Mrs. Nakamura and her children spend the night prior to the bombing?

6. Describe Dr. Terufumi Sasaki.

7. What puzzles Dr. Fujii and his doctor friend about what they see after the bombing?

8. What may have saved Dr. Sasaki's life the morning of the bomb?

9. Describe Reverend Mr. Tanimoto.

10. How does Mr. Fukai, the secretary of the diocese, behave after Hiroshima is hit by the bomb?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

John Hersey describes the characters as having "good" or "bad" luck.

1. Does this attitude of having "good" or "bad" luck belong to the particular characters' views or is it the author's description? Cite three examples that support your theory.

2. Which characters in the book may, or are likely to, accept the concept of you make your own luck, and why?

Essay Topic 2

After the bombing the Japanese are stoic in a number of ways. Describe the various ways that the Japanese show stoicism and explain what roots and relationships the characters have to their heritage and government. Cite three examples that prove your theory.

Essay Topic 3

The six characters of Hiroshima witness horrific deaths after the bombing.

1. How do the characters in the book view death, particularly of those who die as a result of the bombing? Cite three examples that supports your theory.

2. Is the book ever really far from the subject of death? Are there parts that deal with only life and vitality? Give three examples that supports your theory.

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