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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. Who rearranged furniture to prepare for the wake?

2. Why do Yuki and Aunt Aya go to Kobe at the beginning of Chapter 3?

3. Select the character below who says, "Promise me you'll stay out of trouble from now on."

4. Which character is introduced at the beginning of Chapter 3?

5. What does Yuki wish that she had said to Sachiko and Mrs. Murai about the way her mother died?

Short Essay Questions

1. Is the race in Chapter 5 a metaphor for Yuki's life?

2. At the end of Chapter 12, Yuki decides that she must move on and leave behind empty spaces. To what is she referring?

3. Why is it important to Yuki to transport the flowers from the old house to the new house?

4. Why does Yuki begin to pack away Shizuko's things without taking a single item for herself?

5. Why is Hanae so disturbed by the attic?

6. Why does Yuki regret telling Sachiko and Mrs. Murai that her mother died in an accident? What does she wish she had said instead?

7. Is Hideki affectionate toward Yuki?

8. What happens at the end of Chapter 2 after Yuki changes her clothes for the wake?

9. What does Yuki think about when she hears her friends in homemaking class complain about their mothers?

10. What kind of relationship does Shizuko have with her daughter Yuki?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Even though the novel is set primarily in the early 1970s, is its commentary on women and society is still relevant today? Why or why not? How would the novel's themes differ if the story were set in the United States during the same time period?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss how the author's choice to include multiple points of view changes the perceptions of the reader.

• How has including the perspectives of other characters changed the role of Yuki? Has it influenced how one views her?

• Does reading the point of view of another character allow for more understanding or sympathy? Why or why not?

• How has this narrative technique helped the story? How has it hindered it?

• Why has the author chosen these particular sections to switch the point of view, particularly in the epilogue? What are some possible reasons to do so?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the symbolism of flowers, specifically irises and azaleas, in the novel.

Part 1) Relate these symbols to Yuki's life and the novel's central themes.

Part 2) In what way do these symbols reveal Yuki's inner feelings?

Part 3) Explain how these symbols help to tell Yuki's story.

(see the answer keys)

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