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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What does Stephen's mother's letter tell him about her plans in the letter he receives in May of 1938?
(a) That she is going to visit his father in Kobe.
(b) That she will not travel until the war is over.
(c) That she is expecting Pie home on leave from the Red Cross.
(d) That she and Pie might visit Henry and Anne.
2. What do the old men that Stephen sees in Tarumi agree upon?
(a) That the Chinese should end the war to limit their losses.
(b) That the Japanese Army is destined to win the war.
(c) That the war will end soon.
(d) That the war should end before more Japanese are killed.
3. How does Keiko say her father has brought shame to the family?
(a) By requiring her to speak to Stephen on the family's behalf.
(b) By being rude.
(c) By alllowing Stephen to provoke him.
(d) By letting her brother fight in an unjust war.
4. Who does Stephen refer to as "master of the house" in the journal entry about his September, 1938 visit?
(a) Keiko's father.
(c) His father.
5. What is said about the shantytowns by Pie in her letter?
(a) They are filled with cardboard houses and people who are sick.
(b) The are a blight on the landscape of a once proud nation.
(c) They are the last refuge of the desparate.
(d) They are sorely in need of money.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is the Kerria plant a sign of when it blooms late in the year?
2. How does Stephen say Keiko's visit affected him?
3. Who does Sachi say was Matsu's opposite?
4. Why did Sachi's father take her to shrines after her diagnosis with leprosy?
5. How do Matsu and Stephen arrive at Sachi's when they go to visit in September of 1938?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Stephen describe as his memories of Keiko?
2. Compare Matsu and Tomoko as teenagers.
3. How does Stephen feel when Matsu walks in and interrupts Sachi's story?
4. Why is the fishing knife of great importance to Matsu?
5. How does Keiko feel about her father's behavior?
6. What activities surround Fumiko's arrival?
7. What do the readers know about the relationship between Fumiko and Matsu?
8. Describe Stephen's visit with his father.
9. What is the tone of Keiko's meeting with Stephen at the shrine?
10. How does Matsu feel about his sister's decision to deal with her disease?
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