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 symptom of sickness begins to plague Naomi's father during WW!!?

2. In the childhood story that Naomi is frequently told, from what piece of fruit does the little boy appear from?

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

4. What toy does Naomi play with for the duration of the relocation train ride?

5. Which of the following is NOT included in the box that arrives from Aunt Emily?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What disturbing dreams does Naomi begin to have about her mother after she is released from the hospital?

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

5. While Naomi is recovering in the hospital, what does she remember about the schoolboys that had a penchant for making things suffer?

6. Who is Sigmund and how does he treat Naomi?

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

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

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

10. Why have Naomi and Uncle Isamu traveled to the coulee in Granton?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, Naomi struggles with the question of whether she should remember the past or simply forget it. Compare and contrast the benefits and disadvantages in both of these strategies. Then, explain what Naomi's process was moving from a forgetful past to a future full of memories.

Essay Topic 2

Silence is a revered characteristic in Japanese culture. Explain the significance of silence to the characters in the novel, and explain the effect that silence has on an individual character level within the novel, as well as a cultural level in the era that this novel is set.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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