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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. In the childhood story that Naomi was frequently told, what is the name of the little boy who appears to Grandmother and Grandfather?
2. What ethnicity is the officer in Naomi's dream?
3. What is the name of Naomi's older brother?
4. Which of the following is NOT a true statement about Naomi's childhood, according to Aunt Emily?
5. What is the name of the town that Naomi and her family are relocated to?
Short Essay Questions
1. What are ghost towns, as they pertain to the novel?
2. What change is made in Naomi and Stephen's education after Uncle arrives to Slocan?
3. What happens to Grandmother Nakane after she begins to fall ill at Slocan?
4. What is the truth surrounding the reasons why Naomi's mother never returned home to Canada?
5. After sorting through the boxes in Obasan's attic, what does Naomi dream about?
6. What does Naomi remember about the time she spent in Grandmother Kato's house growing up?
7. What does Obasan keep stored in the package that Aunt Emily has sent to them?
8. What happened after Naomi's parents purchased her baby chicks?
9. What did Naomi see when she first arrived at her relocation hut as a child?
10. What happens to Grandmother Nakane's body after the funeral?
Essay Topic 1
While the children are growing up, Stephen says to Naomi that being Japanese made them "both the enemy and not the enemy." What did this quote mean to Naomi at the time of her childhood, and what does it mean to her now as an adult? How does a double-identity play into Naomi's character throughout her life?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Throughout the novel, Stephen struggles the most with his inability to balance culture.
Part 1) Compare / contrast Stephen's relationship to his culture as a child with his relationship to his culture as an adult.
Part 2.) Generate a list of events that highlight the way that Stephen began to pull away from his culture.
Part 3.) Theorize whether or not Stephen will return to his cultural roots based on the way that the novel ended.
This section contains 1,800 words
(approx. 6 pages at 300 words per page)