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Jar of Dreams                                          The Japanese

Complete this packet as you read the book you have chosen. This is the
individual portion of the immigration projects.

Due: ___________________________________


Chapter by chapter: As you read this book, respond to the questions or quotes
listed below.

Chapter 1
1. Describe Rinko’s family and anything about her living situation.
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Chapter II
2. How had Rinko’s parents “met?”
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3. Give your reaction to that set up.
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Chapter III
4. What financial problems did Rinko’s father have?
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5. What was the Tanomoshi and how did it work?
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6. What did Rinko’s family decide they were going to do to help solve their
money problems?
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Chapter IV –
7. What did Mama mean when she said her Japanese self was in the trunk?

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8. Describe what was in the trunk.
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Chapter V
9. Describe what happened to Mama at Angel Island. Give a quote and page
number from the book to support your description.
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Chapter VI –
10. What “pieces” of Japan does Aunt Waka bring with her?
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11. Why do you think she did this?
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Chapter VII
12. Rinko can tell they are getting into a richer section. How does she know?
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Chapter VIII
13. What is Mama and Papa’s opinion of education? Give a quote and page
number to support your answer.
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Chapter IX:
14. “I’ll wager if you ever met Wilbur Starr face to face, you’ll find he’s not only a
bigoted fool, but a bully and a coward as well.” P. 84 What does this mean?
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Chapter X
15. What did Mr. Starr claim the small laundries were doing?
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Chapter XI –
16. What does Papa decide to do? Give a quote and page number to support
your answer.
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Chapter XII
17. Why did Mama give Aunt Waka dresses, etc. when they went some place?
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18. Why did Rinko think that was good?
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19. How does Aunt Waka feel wearing them?
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20. What do you think Aunt Waka means when she says she can only be herself
in Japan?
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Chapter XIII
21. Why didn’t Rinko want to take the food to Mr. Kanda using the furoshiki?
Give a quote and page number to support your answer.
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Chapter XIV
22. What does Rinko discover when she puts on the kimono and looks in the
mirror?
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23. “Ah, Rinko, you certainly are a child of America. But don’t ever forget, a part
of you will always be Japanese too…” p. 123 What does this mean?
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24. What does Mama send back to Japan?
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25. Why does she do this?
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26. “I guess Aunt Waka had stirred us up and changed us all so we’d never be
quite the same again. “ p. 130. Give 2 examples that show how true this quote
is.
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