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. There is a woman on the relocation train holding a baby; what is wrong with it?

2. How old is Naomi when her family is sent into relocation?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What are ghost towns, as they pertain to the novel?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

All throughout the novel, Naomi struggles with authority in her life.

Part 1.) Explain the ways that Naomi struggles with authority in her personal adult life.

Part 2.) Describe the ways that Naomi's struggle with authority begins to penetrate her dreams.

Part 3.) Theorize why Naomi has such trouble with authority based on her childhood.

Essay Topic 2

Colors act as very strong symbols throughout the novel, appearing both in Naomi's dreams and in her realities. Choose one color and generate a list of three times that this color was used throughout the novel. What do you think this color symbolizes in Natalie's story?

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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