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 12, what is the first item of clothing that Yuki takes out of the boxes?

2. In Chapter 14, what does Etsuko do with the flowers that Masa gives her?

3. At the end of Chapter 10, what does Yuki believe Shizuko would have wished for if given the chance?

4. What is one of Takeo's best memories?

5. Why does Miss Sakaki send someone to collect leaves outside?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Explore Shizuko's statement about Yuki being a "strong person" who "will no doubt get over this and be a brilliant woman." Relate this statement to the person Yuki becomes in the years following her mother's death. Is there evidence that Yuki is a strong person? If so, to what do you attribute her strength?

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