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. How old is Nomura-obasan?

2. When Naomi was being sexually abused as a child, who does she remember telling?

3. How many children do Obasan and Uncle have?

4. Which of the following best describes the conditions of the internment camps?

5. Which of the following best describes "Sick Bays"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Naomi's relationship to Old Man Gower?

2. What is the rest of the Nakane family's reaction to Aunt Emily's revolutionary thinking?

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

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

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

6. Who is Sigmund and how does he treat Naomi?

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

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

9. What improvements does Uncle make during the time that he spends in Slocan?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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