Obasan 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. There is a woman on the relocation train holding a baby; what is wrong with it?

2. In Naomi's dream, who is with her on the mountain?

3. As a child, how does Naomi remember the sounds of music that filled the house?

4. Who does Naomi remember staring at her while she begged for help after witnessing the traumatic event with her animals?

5. Which character developed a limp during WWII?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Sigmund and how does he treat Naomi?

2. What was life like for Naomi while she was living on the beet farm?

3. As a child, how does Naomi cope with the relocation and the internment of her family?

4. At the onset of the labor camps, what happens to Naomi's family?

5. What is significant about the way that Naomi and her mother are staring at the camera in the photo that Naomi finds?

6. How is Grandmother Nakane's funeral described in the novel?

7. What is the truth surrounding the reasons why Naomi's mother never returned home to Canada?

8. What are ghost towns, as they pertain to the novel?

9. Why does the family have to be relocated from Slocan?

10. How does the family react to the news that the war is over?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, Kogawa uses many different forms of figurative language including personification, simile, metaphor, and onomatopoeia. Describe the ways that Kogawa uses figurative language to propel the momentum of the storyline, and explain the ways that these tools of language affect the reader's relationship with the text.

Essay Topic 2

Kogawa chooses to write this novel in a very unconventional way. Explain the structure of the novel and discuss whether or not this use of structure was effective in telling Naomi's story. Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

There are many epistolary, or written, elements to the novel. Create a list of three elements used throughout the novel as ways of recording history for the family, and describe the ways that these element affected Naomi's relationship with her family's truths.

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