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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. What does Stephen think might be the reason that Keiko's father hates him?
2. Who cared for Sachi when she first arrived in Yamaguchi?
3. What event in 1923 destroyed all the houses and left many dead?
4. Who tells about the 1923 event that destroyed all the houses and left many dead?
5. What does the letter Stephen receives indicate his mother thinks about his staying in Japan?
Short Essay Questions
1. What do the readers know about the relationship between Fumiko and Matsu?
2. What do Stephen's lack of journal entries due to rebuilding in Yamaguchi indicate?
3. Who is Sumiko?
4. What activities surround Fumiko's arrival?
5. What does Stephen describe as his memories of Keiko?
6. Where is the Kerria plant found and what does it mean?
7. Why is the fishing knife of great importance to Matsu?
8. What is the tone of Keiko's meeting with Stephen at the shrine?
9. Compare Matsu and Tomoko as teenagers.
10. Explain how the war is impacting Stephen.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Blame and shame are recurring themes in the novel, although they sometimes are related to honor and loyalty. Choose one of these four themes (blame, shame, honor, or loyalty) that you think most shapes the tone of the story.
1) Give at least three examples to support your statement.
2) Explain if or how that theme is related to the other three listed above.
Essay Topic 2
One technique used frequently in this story is to go back in time to fill in the gaps of a character's life or an event. Unlike a flashback where a character recalls an event, characters in this book must tell Stephen their story, or even retell someone else's story.
1) Explain how the story of Michiko might change as Sachi retells it to Stephen.
2) Compare and contrast an event told first hand from Stephen with one told through a retelling.
3) Argue the benefits and drawbacks of the author's decision to use this method of storytelling.
Essay Topic 3
Stephen is often forced to make choices about confronting situations or staying silent and keeping the peace. For each of the following occurrences, explain why Stephen made the choice he did, what values impacted his chosen course of action, and how it affected both him and others in the long run.
1) His father's affair.
2) Keiko's father.
3) Kenzo's attack on Sachi.
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