When the Emperor Was Divine: A Novel Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Julie Otsuka
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Essay Topic 1

Describe the main settings for the novel. Why does Otsuka use the settings she does? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?

Essay Topic 2

Why are the characters nameless in the story? What was the author trying to accomplish by not giving the characters names? Did she accomplish her goal? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Create a brief character study of the mother. What does she look like? What are her positive personality traits? What are some of her negative characteristics? What are her hopes and fears? What motivates her--if anything--at this point in time?

Essay Topic 4

Create a brief character study of the girl. What does she look like? What are her positive personality traits? What are some of her negative characteristics? What are her hopes and fears? What motivates her--if anything--at...

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