My Year of Meats Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Ruth Ozeki
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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 one of the more personal questions that ruins the first wife's life?

2. Who must Jane get permission to film before she films them?

3. What is the only good thing about the visit to the doctor and the resulting fight with her husband?

4. With what does Akiko fall in love in this episode?

5. For what does Akiko's doctor admonish her?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the negative affects of the hormone known as diethylstilbestrol or DES?

2. Why is Jane excited about her new love affair?

3. Why is John becoming controlling and temperamental about Akiko's visits to the bathroom?

4. What gives Jane a unique view and experience about working on the show?

5. Because the author is like the novel's main character, what distinct qualities does she bring to her protagonist?

6. Just as Jane thinks she is getting herself into a serious relationship with Sloan, what happens?

7. After the initial happiness of getting a new job, why is Jane reluctant to take the position?

8. Why does Akiko become sad and bored in her home?

9. When Purcell stops eating chicken parts, what happens?

10. Unfortunately for Akiko, what happens to her when John finds out she has purposefully become infertile?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss how Akiko and Jane switch places as the novel progresses.

At what point in the novel do the two characters swap places?

Towards the end of the novel, how have they equalized into positive outcomes?

Essay Topic 2

As a filmmaker, Jane believes it is her job to tell the truth. Is this always the aim of filmmakers?

How can film be used as media propaganda?

How is Jane's own work almost turned into propaganda by the Japanese government?

Essay Topic 3

Ozeki uses parallel story lines between Akiko and Jane. How does the author use this technique to move her plot forward?

Does she use the technique successfully?

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