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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. On her last visit to Sachiko's house, what tree is in flower?

2. Who arrives just as Yuki goes upstairs to change her clothes on the day of the wake?

3. What does Hanae's doctor mean when he tells her it is too late?

4. Select the character below who says, "If you can't do it without being told, then just try not to get in my way."

5. According to Shizuko, what is the best kind of pottery?

Short Essay Questions

1. Are Hanae's hostile actions toward Yuki justified in Chapter 8?

2. Is Hideki affectionate toward Yuki?

3. Why does Mr. Kimura marry Aya? Why does he believe that his reason is not an inappropriate one?

4. Why does Yuki sometimes feel angry toward her late mother Shizuko?

5. What are Yuki's feelings about her father's remarriage? How does she make these feelings known on their wedding day?

6. In the beginning of Chapter 9, Yuki is thinking about her attempt to convince Mr. Wada that she cannot dissect a frog. What reasons does she give Mr. Wada for being unable to complete the lab activity?

7. Describe the friendship of Yuki and Sachiko and explain what causes the two to grow apart in the summer of 1971.

8. Why does Shizuko leave some of the violas rather than move them to the new house?

9. Why does the living room appear unfamiliar to Yuki on the day of the wake?

10. Why is Yuki smiling at the end of Chapter 9?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare Shizuko's sense of loneliness and isolation to that of Yuki. What causes each to become isolated from others? Compare and contrast the way that these characters cope with the loneliness in their lives. Are these characters in some way responsible for the isolation they face? Why or why not? Is Yuki able to overcome loneliness in her life? If so, how does she accomplish this?

Essay Topic 2

Explore Yuki's initial distrust and avoidance of love as well as her progressive journey toward discovering and opening herself to another person.

• What are her preliminary beliefs about love?

• From where do these beliefs stem?

• What examples does she give as evidence to support her theory?

• At what point does Yuki begin to transcend her self-imposed walls and reach out to another person?

• How does Yuki's emotional journey regarding her mother's suicide bring about the change that Shizuko had desired for her?

Essay Topic 3

For a young person, Yuki lives with a great deal of regret. Write an essay in which you explore the impact of this particular burden on Yuki. What is Yuki's biggest regret? What does she regret more, her actions or her words? Why? Do other characters regret their actions or words? If so, how do their regrets compare to those of Yuki?

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