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. As an adult, what does Naomi do for a living?

2. What origami animals does Naomi frequently fold?

3. Which family member abandoned Naomi when she was a child?

4. Which child is identified as a "troublemaker" by Naomi?

5. Which of the following characters does NOT return to the relocation camp after liberation?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What speech does Aunt Emily give to Naomi about racism, and what is Naomi's response?

3. How do Obasan and other women on the train react to the young mother's birth story?

4. What happened after Naomi's parents purchased her baby chicks?

5. What is the story of Momotaro?

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

7. When Naomi opens the package from Aunt Emily, what do Aunt Emily's notes say?

8. What is the condition of the internment camps, and why is Naomi's father sent there?

9. Why does Obasan awaken Naomi in the middle of the night and take her into the attic?

10. What evidence does Naomi find as an adult as to the welfare of her mother and grandmother after the war's end?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Mr. Gower had a very large impact on Naomi's life as a child. Explain the relationship that Naomi had with her neighbor and discuss the ways that this relationship affected Naomi's use of silence, and her ability to love.

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