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. The giant creature in Naomi's dream is a mix of what two animals?

2. What is the name of the town that Naomi and her family are relocated to?

3. What ethnicity is the officer in Naomi's dream?

4. What is the name of Naomi's older brother?

5. What ethnicity is Naomi Nakane?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Naomi remember about the time she spent in Grandmother Kato's house growing up?

2. How did Naomi react to the date that she went on with her student's widowed father?

3. What does Aunt Emily say happened to most of the Japanese people who were liberated from internment in the 1940s?

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

5. How is Obasan described when Naomi goes to visit her?

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

7. What does Obasan keep stored in the package that Aunt Emily has sent to them?

8. Why have Naomi and Uncle Isamu traveled to the coulee in Granton?

9. What is the rest of the Nakane family's reaction to Aunt Emily's revolutionary thinking?

10. Who was Nomura-obasan, and how was Naomi asked to help her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, Naomi struggles with the question of whether she should remember the past or simply forget it. Compare and contrast the benefits and disadvantages in both of these strategies. Then, explain what Naomi's process was moving from a forgetful past to a future full of memories.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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