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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. According to Masa, what was Yuki like as a young child?

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

3. What did Shizuko once teach Yuki to do with azaleas?

4. For what does Hanae blame Hideki?

5. What does Shizuko pack from her yard to move to the new house?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Yuki hope to never fall in love? On what does she base her mistrust in love?

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

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

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

7. Yuki often remembers her mother Shizuko through smells and colors. Describe some of the occasions in Chapter 9 in which Yuki recalls her mother due to these sensory catalysts.

8. In Chapter 16, how does Yuki use Masa's kimonos to keep healthy, happy reminders of the past in her life?

9. Why does Shizuko give Yuki the business card that Mr. Kimura left her? What is Shizuko's reason for deciding not to call Mr. Kimura again?

10. Describe Yuki through Masa's eyes in the beginning of Chapter 14.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Each character in the novel displays a different attitude toward death and the nature of loved ones passing. Compare and contrast the main characters of the novel: Yuki, Masa, Takeo, and Hideki. How do their approaches to grief vary? How have they grown and progressed by the end of the book? What understandings do they come to about death and those that have departed?

Essay Topic 2

Explore how the book depicts the sanctity of life through Yuki's varied experiences and beliefs.

Part 1) How does Yuki demonstrate respect for each creature's right to live?

Part 2) How does she feel about death without cause? Explore scenes in which Yuki speaks about her convictions.

Part 3) From where does Yuki's preoccupation with the sanctity of life likely stem? Why?

Part 4) How does Yuki's respect for life manifest as the years pass?

Essay Topic 3

At the end of the book, there is an uplifting sense of hope and optimism for the future. How does this contrast with the tonality at the beginning of the novel? Has the change been slow and gradual, or does the emotive quality break free of its chains within a single instance? If so, what triggers the change? Explore the tonality of the novel from beginning to end through the voice of Yuki.

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