Moed Bet 2014 F Exam
- What does Sadao learn about from his father? He learns about (–).
(i) American culture
(iii) army life
(iv) Japanese values
- At his first meeting with Sadao the General says, “Then certainly I can allow nothing to happen to you”. Why does he say this? (5 points)
- What is Hana’s moral dilemma? Give information from the story to support your answer. (10 points)
Sadao has mixed feelings about Americans. Discuss, using information from the story. (15 points)
- Compare and contrast the attitudes of the POW and Sadao towards each other. Give information from the story to support your answer. (8 points)
- What is the author trying to teach us about her idea of an enemy? Give information from the story to support your answer. (7 points)
Winter 2014 F Exam
- “I… am interested in people and their growth. My interest leads me to increase my knowledge of people, and this makes me believe in the common goodness of mankind. I believe that the normal human heart is born good. It neither wishes to be killed, nor to kill.” – Pearl Buck in a radio broadcast in 1951. Make a connection between the above quote and the story. Support your answer with information from the story.
Moed Bet 2013 F Exam
- In 1929 a large group of nations agreed on certain standards for how to treat prisoners of war (POWs). Among other things, they said they should receive food, clothing, a place to live and medical care. During the Second World War, the Japanese ignored these agreements and were extremely cruel to prisoners of war. Make a connection between the above description and the story. Support your answer with information from the story.
Summer 2013 F Exam
- When Sadao and his wife first find the white man why do they decide not to throw him back into the sea? (5 points)
(i) He was a prisoner of war.
(ii) He was very young.
(iii) He was wounded.
(iv) He was American.
- Name TWO things that Sadao does to save the white man’s life after he brings him home. (5 points)
- Why do you think Sadao doesn’t want to know any details about the white man?
- “Stupid Yumi,” she [Hana] muttered fiercely. “Is this anything but a man?” What is the importance of this quote to the story?
- Compare and contrast the servants’ reaction to the white man to that of Hana and Sadao. (7 points)
- After he recovers from the operation, the white man says to Sadao, “I guess if all the Japs were like you there wouldn’t have been a war.”What do you think he means by this? (8 points)
Moed Bet 2012 F Exam
- “… you have taught us to see those qualities of thought and feeling which bind us all together as human beings on this earth, … it is of the greatest importance that the peoples of the earth learn to understand each other as individuals across distances and frontiers.” – Bertil Lindblad, Director of the Stockholm Observatory at Saltsjöbaden at the award ceremony of the Nobel Prize to Pearl S. Buck. Explain how the above quote adds to your understanding of the story “The Enemy”.
Summer 2012 F Exam
- Why do the servants leave Sadao and Hana? (5 points)
- Give TWO facts we know about Sadao’s relationship with his father. (5 points)
- What is the importance of the setting of the story? Explain.
- “‘You are a good man,’ the General murmured and closed his eyes. ‘You will be rewarded …’ But Sadao … had his reward.” What was Sadao’s reward? Explain.
- After the General’s recovery Sadao understands “… that the General was in the palm of his hand and that as a consequence he himself was perfectly safe.” What motives might the General still have for protecting Sadao? Explain. (15 points)
Winter 2012 F Exam
- Pearl Buck claimed: “You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings.” Explain how this statement is relevant to “The Enemy”. Support your answer with examples from the story.
Moed Bet 2011 F Exam
1. How does Hana feel about the white man? (5 points)
2. What worries Sadao about the servants? (5 points)
3. “But his [Sadao’s] trained hands seemed of their own will to be doing what they could…” How does this quote show Sadao’s conflict? (10 points)
1. Why do you think the General doesn’t send the assassins to kill the American?
1. Why is it important to the story that Dr. Sadao was educated in America? (7 points)
2. Explain how this is reflected in a particular part of the story. (8 points)
Summer 2011 F Exam
1. “It is of the greatest importance that the peoples of the earth learn to understand each other as individuals across distances and frontiers.” – Remarks made by Pearl S. Buck at the ceremony awarding her the 1938 Nobel Prize in Literature. How does the above quote add to your understanding of the story The Enemy? Support your answer with examples from the story.
Summer 2010 F Exam
1. “It is of the greatest importance that the peoples of the earth learn to understand each other as individuals across distances and frontiers.” – Remarks made at the ceremony awarding the 1938 Nobel Prize in Literature to Pearl S. Buck. How does the above quote add to your understanding of the story The Enemy?