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. Which of the following objects does Naomi NOT find in one of Obasan's storage boxes?

2. Which member of the Nakane family is the only member who does not play a musical instrument?

3. What is the name of the man who sexually abused Naomi when she was a child?

4. How does Stephen feel about being relocated from his home?

5. Which character calls Naomi's mother "Nassan"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the neighborhood say goodbye to the Nakane family when they are relocated from Slocan?

2. What was Naomi's relationship to Old Man Gower?

3. Why does Naomi's mother leave her, and what is Naomi's reaction?

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

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

6. What are Sick Bays?

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

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

9. What does Naomi find particularly irritating about Mr. and Mrs. Barker when they come to visit?

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

Naomi cares for many young animals throughout the course of the novel. Briefly describe two of the caretaking roles that Naomi took on growing up and explain how caretaking provided an outlet for Naomi's grief.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout her childhood, Naomi moved many times.

Part 1.) Compare / contrast Naomi's life in Slocan with her life in Granton.

Part 2.) Explain why Naomi believed that her life in Granton were the worst years of her life.

Part 3.) Explain the ways that community extended throughout Slocan and what Naomi's place in that society was.

Essay Topic 3

Memory proves to be the most powerful tool used to tell Naomi's story. Describe the ways that Kogawa uses memory to trigger plot in the novel, and discuss the various ways that memory is used to broaden the relationship that the reader feels toward Naomi as the novel progresses.

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