Pachinko Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Min Jin Lee
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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. Why does Tamaguchi-san want the war to continue in Book Two, Chapter 7?

2. In Book Two, Chapter 3, how much does Kim Changho say he will pay to each of the women?

3. What does Koh Hansu tell Sunja to call him in Book One, Chapter 5?

4. What does Koh Hansu tell Sunja to be careful for in Book One, Chapter 4?

5. What does Yoseb try to think about the Japanese police officer who he asks to release Isak in Book Two, Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Hoonie's parents raise him in Book One, Chapter 1? Why do they not dote on him?

2. What does Hansu tell Kim Changho about the Korean nationalist groups in Book Two, Chapter Nine?

3. What worries does Yangjin confide to Isak as they walk in Book One, Chapter 7?

4. How does Sunja understand forgiveness differently than Pastor Shin means it in Book One, Chapter 10?

5. Why do the Chung brothers say that Japan will never conquer China in Book One, Chapter 2? Why do they support China?

6. Where and why are Pastor Yoo, Sexton Hu, and Isak arrested as described in Book Two, Chapter 2?

7. What parting advice does Yangjin give Sunja before she gets on the train in Book One, Chapter 10?

8. How is Mozasu becoming a "bad Korean"in Book Two, Chapter 10? What does he think about this?

9. What things does Isak ask Sunja about marrying him in Book One, Chapter 9? Why does he ask these these?

10. What does Yoseb think of the Japanese war in China in Book Two, Chapter 3? How does the way he thinks about it connect with the larger philosophy of Korean people?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Isak tells Noa, "You are very brave, Noa. Much, much braver than me. Living every day in the presence of those who refuse to acknowledge your humanity takes great courage" (197). How do the Japanese view and treat the Koreans in the novel? How do Koreans in the novel deal with the prejudice shown to them by the Japanese? Choose at least three characters, and compare/contrast their views against one another. Develop a thesis answering the question: what allows them to carry on life in the face of discrimination and prejudice? What shapes their ability to handle what happens to them? Some examples to chose from may be Mozasu, Yoseb, Noa, Sunja, and Hansu. Explain what the characters you choose have to deal with and then show how they are or are not able to handle certain aspects of discrimination.

Essay Topic 2

What is the narrative voice of Pachinko? Compare Chapter One to any of the following chapters (Book One, Chapter Five; Book Two, Chapter Nine; Book Three, Chapter One; Book Three, Chapter Two; Book Three, Chapter Fifteen) and analyze the narration style. Who is speaking throughout the different sections? When do characters speak and when are we told the words they say? When does the novel go inside the character's heads? Name the narration styles used according to what you have learned in class. Then analyze the effect of the narration styles used. What is the novel trying to show through its choices? How do different narration styles create a different effect?

Essay Topic 3

In the third book of Pachinko, with the war over, Japan begins to rebuild and Western influences begin to change society. What new ideas are introduced? How does this shape what the characters think of and what they want? What characters display new ideas or Western influence? Akiko and Yumi may be two examples of characters whose outlook is shaped by the ideas of the United States and Europe. Use at least three examples from the novel to develop a thesis: How does the outside influence of the United States, Europe, and the West affect the characters lives in the third book of Pachinko?

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