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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 does "Obasan" mean in Japanese?

2. What is interesting about the giant creature in Naomi's dream?

3. When Aunt Emily is giving the speech about racism throughout the world, what reaction does Naomi have?

4. How many rooms does the hut that the Nakame family is relocated to have?

5. In the opening chapter, what is Naomi's Uncle doing in the grass?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens between Stephen and his classmates to alert the family that racism is spreading through the schools?

2. What are Sick Bays?

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

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

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

6. Who goes back to visit the relocation camps in 1962, and what do they see there?

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

8. How does the family react to the news that the war is over?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Naomi has a very strenuous relationship with her mother throughout the course of the novel. Create a timeline of Naomi's life in regards to her relationship with her mother. At what times did Naomi feel closest to her mother? At what times did she seem furthest away? What triggers were in place to prompt the changes that Naomi felt toward her mother?

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

Mr. Gower had a very large impact on Naomi's life as a child. Explain the relationship that Naomi had with her neighbor and discuss the ways that this relationship affected Naomi's use of silence, and her ability to love.

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