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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. When Naomi was being sexually abused as a child, who does she remember telling?

3. To whom does Naomi remember running to for help when she witnessed the traumatic event with her animals?

4. How many children do Obasan and Uncle have?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What story does Rough Lock Bill tell to Kenji and Naomi when they are out exploring the woods?

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

6. What did Naomi see when she first arrived at her relocation hut as a child?

7. What types of items does Naomi find in the boxes in Obasan's attic, and what questions do these items raise in her mind?

8. What was interesting about the marriage between Naomi's parents?

9. What change is made in Naomi and Stephen's education after Uncle arrives to Slocan?

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

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

Naomi has a very strenuous relationship with her mother throughout the course of the novel. Create a timeline of Naomi's life in regards to her relationship with her mother. At what times did Naomi feel closest to her mother? At what times did she seem furthest away? What triggers were in place to prompt the changes that Naomi felt toward her mother?

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