When the Emperor Was Divine: A Novel Test | Final Test - Hard

Julie Otsuka
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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. Who is the author of this book?

2. The father sarcastically says that he sent _________________________ to the enemy.

3. Why does the boys' mother leave some clothing of his father's hanging in the closet?

4. Why is one of the camp residents beaten one night?

5. Who buries the boy's pet tortoise?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the girl digging in the ground with a spoon in the middle of the night?

2. How does the author show that the characters are not considered to be real people, but rather just nameless prisoners?

3. For whom does the father speak during his confession?

4. From whose perspective is Chapter 5 told and what is the nature of the chapter?

5. How does the father conclude his confession?

6. What does the father say is what he most wanted to say to everyone during his confession?

7. Explain the financial situation of the family when they leave the camp.

8. Why does the mother have to find a job and why does she have a difficult time doing so?

9. What does the father "admit" to doing that made him a threat to the U.S.?

10. Why does the mother leave one of the father's suits hanging in the closet?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Prejudice and discrimination against people unlike you is a common thread in WHEN THE EMPEROR WAS DIVINE. Cite two examples in this book and explain what you think Otsuka was trying to say in each.

Essay Topic 2

Otsuka uses more than one instance of irony in the story. Cite at least two other examples you can identify in the story and note why they are examples of irony. What is the major irony in the story? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of good versus evil. Identify at least two examples about good vs. evil in the book. Then explain how each example supports the theme of good versus evil.

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