Hiroshima Test | Final 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 happens to Mr. Tanimoto's health a few weeks after the bombing?

2. What do the civilians hear on the radio that brings them tears?

3. What does Dr. Fujii do the night after the explosion?

4. In Chapter 3, what gesture makes Father Kleinsorge a little hysterical and want to cry suddenly?

5. On August 18th, what does Father Kleinsorge use his suitcase for?

Short Essay Questions

1. What in particular makes Miss Sasaki uneasy when she sees the ruins of Hiroshima for the first time?

2. What makes Father Kleinsorge a little hysterical, wanting to cry after feeling thirsty in the dreadful heat?

3. In trying to rescue the 20 or so men and women in the sandpit, what makes Mr. Tanimoto sick?

4. Who does Mr. Tanimoto keep trying to avoid at the park?

5. What are the views of the people of Hiroshima about the ethics of using the bomb?

6. Describe Mr. Tanaka.

7. What does Mr. Tanimoto see when he goes to find a doctor at an aid station?

8. By mid-September, what is Dr. Sasaki's condition at the Red Cross Hospital?

9. How do the Nakamura children spend the night at Asano Park the day of the bombing?

10. What happens to Mrs. Nakamura's physical condition a few weeks after the bombing?

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

John Hersey mentions several times the Japanese's indifference towards the ethics of using the atomic bomb.

1) Discuss the roots of this Japanese attitude.

2) Is Hersey being objective about the subject of the Japanese's attitude towards the atomic bomb or is he telling only one side of it, keeping out the attitudes of those who feel otherwise?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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