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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 does Dr. Fujii do the night after the explosion?
2. By February 1946, what condition is Miss Sasaki in when Father Kleinsorge visits her?
3. What does Dr. Sasaki eventually get permission from the Red Cross Hospital to do?
4. On August 15, who publicly speaks for the first time in Japanese history over the radio?
5. A year after the bomb is dropped, what condition is Mr. Tanimoto's church in?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Mr. Tanimoto see when he goes to find a doctor at an aid station?
2. What theory does Dr. Sasaki and his colleagues at the Red Cross Hospital make about the first stage of the radiation disease?
3. How do the Japanese react to their Emperor's radio broadcast?
4. By mid-September, what is Dr. Sasaki's condition at the Red Cross Hospital?
5. What are the views of the people of Hiroshima about the ethics of using the bomb?
6. What in particular makes Miss Sasaki uneasy when she sees the ruins of Hiroshima for the first time?
7. How does President Truman describe the atomic bomb during his radio announcement?
8. Who does Mr. Tanimoto keep trying to avoid at the park?
9. What happens to Mrs. Nakamura's physical condition a few weeks after the bombing?
10. By midsummer, Mrs. Nakamura's savings are gone. How then does she survive?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
The Japanese government's response to the bombing.
1) Why is the government slow to respond to the victims of the bombing? Cite three examples from the book.
2) When and why does the government begin to respond to the citizens of Hiroshima who were affected by the bomb?
3) How do the characters in the book view their government's response to the bomb? Do they blame their government for the Hiroshima bombing? What about the bombing of Nagasaki? Cite three examples from the book.
Essay Topic 3
Miss Sasaki and Mrs. Nakamura are the two women among the six main characters.
Part 1) Compare and contrast the characters of Miss Sasaki and Mrs. Nakamura. How are they different? How are they the same?
Part 2) What are Mrs. Nakamura's major struggles following the bombing? What are Miss Sasaki's major struggles? How do these women's lives turn out in the end?
Part 3) How would Mrs. Nakamura's life and Miss Sasaki's life been different had they had men in their lives?
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