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. What type of dance does Uncle perform when he appears in Naomi's dream?

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

3. For how many years are Naomi and her family in relocation?

4. After the traumatic event with the animals, what does Naomi remember entering her yard, preventing her from discussing the events with anyone?

5. When Aunt Emily is giving the speech about racism throughout the world, what reaction does Naomi have?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the family react to the news that the war is over?

2. What happens to Grandmother Nakane's body after the funeral?

3. Why do Mr. Barker and his second wife come to visit Obasan in her home?

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

5. What does the young mother tell Obasan about the delivery of her young baby and how they ended up on the relocation train?

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

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

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

9. What does Naomi do with the frog that she finds in the swamp?

10. What are Sick Bays?

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

Naomi has a very strained and complicated relationship with her Aunt Emily throughout the course of the novel. Compare / contrast the story of Emily's journey as it is presented in her journals with the story of Naomi that is presented to the reader. How are their journeys the same? How are they different? Explain why Naomi is much more like her Aunt Emily than she would like to admit. How does Emily's political struggle reflect Naomi's bi-cultural struggles?

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