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 did Naomi's parents do that was unusual within their community?

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

3. What article of Stephen's clothing is damaged by a racist classmate?

4. What is Naomi afraid may be hiding in the grass?

5. Which character developed a limp during WWII?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the family have to be relocated from Slocan?

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

4. How did Naomi's Uncle die?

5. What does the young mother tell Obasan about the delivery of her young baby and how they ended up on the relocation train?

6. How does the neighborhood say goodbye to the Nakane family when they are relocated from Slocan?

7. What is Naomi accused of doing with a kitten by one of her classmates?

8. What happens to Grandmother Nakane after she begins to fall ill at 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 does Naomi do with the frog that she finds in the swamp?

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

Throughout the novel, Naomi struggles with the question of whether she should remember the past or simply forget it. Compare and contrast the benefits and disadvantages in both of these strategies. Then, explain what Naomi's process was moving from a forgetful past to a future full of memories.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the novel, Kogawa uses many different forms of figurative language including personification, simile, metaphor, and onomatopoeia. Describe the ways that Kogawa uses figurative language to propel the momentum of the storyline, and explain the ways that these tools of language affect the reader's relationship with the text.

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