Shizuko's Daughter Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 16, what does Masa find on the window screen of the house?

2. Why does Mr. Kimura marry Aya?

3. According to Hideki, what has he done that is courageous?

4. In Chapter 16, what does Tadashi do when Masa asks for his help weeding the garden?

5. How does Yuki feel about public speaking?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine Yuki's friendship with Sachiko, a relationship that marks yet another loss in the protagonist's life.

Part 1) Why is Yuki drawn to Sachiko?

Part 2) Compare and contrast Yuki and Sachiko. What is the main conflict in their relationship?

Part 3) What does Yuki learn from Sachiko?

Part 4) How does the loss of Sachiko's friendship affect Yuki? Is Yuki a better person for knowing Sachiko? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Unlike many of her contemporaries, Yuki does not reject the past but rather attempts to bridge well-loved portions of the past with her present and future. How Yuki accomplishes this changes throughout the duration of the novel as she learns how to best respect and preserve memories. Describe Yuki's progression, from Shizuko's suicide to the epilogue of the book, in regards to preserving the past.

• What kind of behavior does Yuki exhibit that may be considered unhealthy? Why is it unhealthy?

• What is the difference between physical and mental reminders? How is it important?

• Relate Yuki's efforts to others in the novel. How are other characters' methods or beliefs different from her own?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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