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 ethnicity is the officer in Naomi's dream?

2. How old is Nomura-obasan?

3. The giant creature in Naomi's dream is a mix of what two animals?

4. In the childhood story that Naomi was frequently told, what is the name of the little boy who appears to Grandmother and Grandfather?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Naomi cope with the truth of her mother's life and death?

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

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

8. Why does Obasan awaken Naomi in the middle of the night and take her into the attic?

9. How did Naomi's Uncle die?

10. What are the Nakane family allowed to take with them during their relocation from Slocan, and how do they pack their belongings?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

There are many deaths throughout the novel, but Uncle's seems to be the most important. Describe the effect that Uncle's death has on Naomi's life and explain why Uncle's death may be considered the most important death in the novel.

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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