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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When Naomi was being sexually abused as a child, who does she remember telling?
(a) Her brother.
(b) No one.
(c) Her mother.
(d) Her Obasan.

2. When Obasan awakens Naomi in the middle of the night, where does she take her?
(a) Up into the attic.
(b) Out into the garage.
(c) Out into the barn.
(d) Down into the cellar.

3. What type of pastor is Nakayama-sensei?
(a) Lutheran.
(b) Baptist.
(c) Anglican.
(d) Reformed.

4. The giant creature in Naomi's dream is a mix of what two animals?
(a) A bird and a bear.
(b) A dog and a lion.
(c) A lion and a bear.
(d) A bird and a dog.

5. What event were the Japanese-Canadians subjected to, an event that Naomi remembers frequently experienced?
(a) Water deprivation.
(b) Sleep deprivation.
(c) Food depriviation.
(d) Blackouts.

6. Which recipe did Uncle spend years trying to perfect?
(a) His sticky rice recipe.
(b) His bread recipe.
(c) His chocolate chip cookie recipe.
(d) HIs barbequed ribs recipe.

7. How many children do Obasan and Uncle have?
(a) One.
(b) Zero.
(c) Two.
(d) Three.

8. In Naomi's reccurring dream, what are the three Oriental women wearing?
(a) Ceremonial kimonos.
(b) Western-style jeans and t-shirts.
(c) They are wrapped in the Japanese flag.
(d) Nothing, they are naked.

9. Which family member abandoned Naomi when she was a child?
(a) Her brother.
(b) Her father.
(c) Her mother.
(d) Her sister.

10. How does Stephen feel about his Japanese heritage?
(a) He thinks that the Japanese people are better than all others.
(b) He believes it is an impediment to his life.
(c) He is proud of his heritage and wants to stand up for it.
(d) He does not care either way about being Japanese.

11. As a child, how does Naomi remember the sounds of music that filled the house?
(a) She remembers the music fondly.
(b) She is haunted by the sounds of music.
(c) She does not remember the music.
(d) She is filled with fear when she hears the music.

12. Which of Naomi's family members was held in an internment camp during WWII?
(a) Naomi's grandmother.
(b) Naomi's Uncle.
(c) Naomi's Obasan.
(d) Naomi's father.

13. When Aunt Emily comes to visit Obasan and Naomi, who picks her up from the airport?
(a) Naomi.
(b) Obasan.
(c) Stephen.
(d) Mark.

14. How much did the government offer to pay Grandpa Kato for his Cadillac during WWII?
(a) Three thousand dollars.
(b) Three dollars.
(c) Three hundred dollars.
(d) Thirty dollars.

15. Which character developed a limp during WWII?
(a) Naomi.
(b) Stephen.
(c) Obasan.
(d) Father.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does "Obasan" mean in Japanese?

2. What part of a woman's dress is given to the mother on the train so that she can fashion a diaper for her baby?

3. Which of the following best describes "Sick Bays"?

4. How old is Naomi when she returns to the relocation camp after its liberation?

5. Which of the following best describes the conditions of the internment camps?

(see the answer keys)

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