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 does Naomi help Nomura-obasan use while she is living with the Nakane family?

2. Which of the following best describes "Sick Bays"?

3. Who does Naomi remember staring at her while she begged for help after witnessing the traumatic event with her animals?

4. How does Naomi feel about the racism she experienced as a child, now as an adult?

5. Which country does Aunt Emily claim is the most racist toward the Japanese people?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is Naomi accused of doing with a kitten by one of her classmates?

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

6. As a child, how does Naomi cope with the relocation and the internment of her family?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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.

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