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

2. What ethnicity is the officer in Naomi's dream?

3. What is the name of Naomi's older brother?

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

5. What is the name of the town that Naomi and her family are relocated to?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens to Grandmother Nakane after she begins to fall ill at Slocan?

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

5. After sorting through the boxes in Obasan's attic, what does Naomi dream about?

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

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

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

9. What did Naomi see when she first arrived at her relocation hut as a child?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Throughout her childhood, Naomi moved many times.

Part 1.) Compare / contrast Naomi's life in Slocan with her life in Granton.

Part 2.) Explain why Naomi believed that her life in Granton were the worst years of her life.

Part 3.) Explain the ways that community extended throughout Slocan and what Naomi's place in that society was.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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