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 Naomi Nakane?

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

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

4. When Aunt Emily comes to visit Obasan and Naomi, who picks her up from the airport?

5. What did Aunt Emily want to do for a living, but was never able to find work?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Naomi find particularly irritating about Mr. and Mrs. Barker when they come to visit?

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does Obasan keep stored in the package that Aunt Emily has sent to them?

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

10. What is the truth surrounding the reasons why Naomi's mother never returned home to Canada?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Naomi is first sent to Obasan's house, she is repulsed by its condition.

Part 1.) Describe the physicality of Obasan's house as it was depicted in the text.

Part 2.) Explain the symbolism that Obasan's house has with memory. Why does Naomi's aversion to memory affect her comfort in Obasan's home?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The Nakane family spreads over three generations within the novel. Briefly characterize each of the three generations of the family, and describe their different relationships with their heritage, and their new home in Canada.

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