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. When Naomi's mother abandoned her, where does Naomi remember her mother moved to?

2. Who dies in Naomi's family, prompting her to visit her Obasan?

3. Which of the following is NOT a true statement about Naomi's childhood, according to Aunt Emily?

4. What traumatic incident does Naomi remember witnessing with the animals that she was raising?

5. Which of Naomi's family members was held in an internment camp during WWII?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Naomi accused of when she is at the bathhouse, and how does she respond?

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

3. What was Naomi's relationship to Old Man Gower?

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

5. Who goes back to visit the relocation camps in 1962, and what do they see there?

6. What was life like for Naomi while she was living on the beet farm?

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

8. What does Naomi know about the people that made up her community in Slocan?

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

10. What happened when Kenji convinced Naomi to go on his raft for an adventure with him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many of the men in Naomi's family had made their living on a boat and at sea. Explain the cultural and symbolic significance of water and boats throughout the text. What was taken away from the family when the government seized their boats?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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