Summary & Analysis
Chapter One: A Noiseless Flash
Chapter Two: The Fire
Chapter Three: Details Are Being Investigated
Chapter Four: Panic Grass and Feverfew
Chapter Five: The Aftermath
Mrs. Hatsuyo Nakamura
Dr. Terufumi Sasaki
Father Wilhelm Kleinsorge
Dr. Masakazu Fujii
Reverend Mr. Kiyoshi Tanimoto
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Full Book Quiz
Which of the following is not a symptom of radiation sickness?
Low blood count
. Who or what is “Mr. B”?
Head of the neighborhood association
Toshio Nakamura’s friend
A Japanese fishing vessel
Which of the following does Hersey believes about his six characters?
They are some of the luckiest of the survivors
They are some of the unluckiest of the survivors
They are a fairly representative sample of people
They are fairly unified in their views about the bomb
Which character is completely uninjured by the bomb?
Father Siemes’s report to the Holy See in Rome can be characterized as which of the following?
It is in support of the use of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima
It is in opposition to the use of the bomb
It is unconcerned with the ethics of using the bomb
It is unsure about the ethics of using the bomb
. What did the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima contain?
A keloid is a type of which of the following?
Chemical used in the atomic bomb
Which of the following is correct about Father Makoto Takakura?
He is one of the Reverend Tanimoto’s colleagues
He is a Jesuit who perished in the explosion
He is a Jesuit who refuses to leave the mission house
It is Father Kleinsorge’s new Japanese name
What is “The Faith That Grew Out of the Ashes?”
A tract written by Father Kleinsorge
A speech given by Mr. Tanimoto in America
Miss Sasaki’s speech at her honorary ceremony
A later article written by John Hersey
. Who are the Hiroshima Maidens?
The convent of nuns that Miss Sasaki joins
A sewing group started by Mrs. Nakamura
A group of badly burned women who require plastic surgery
A group of women who work to support the war effort
. Why does Mr. Tanimoto volunteer to become head of the Neighborhood Association?
He is thought of as being sympathetic to Americans
It is a good way to spread his religious message to the local populace
He thinks it will help him raise money for his peace project
The Japanese government provides housing subsidies to city volunteers
. Why does Dr. Fujii benefit in the postwar years?
The influx of Americans into Japan helps his clinic
After his clinic is destroyed, he is able to collect a large insurance policy
He starts a hospital for Japanese soldiers, which is subsidized by the government
He inherits a large sum of money from his father, who died in the explosion
. Which of the following is one of Dr. Sasaki’s regrets about his time at the Red Cross hospital?
A patient whom he neglected died because of superficial wounds
He was unable to help cure Miss Sasaki’s leg infection
The hospital cremated bodies in mass graves with no labels
The hospital prioritized those with light wounds over those who were seriously wounded
. Which of the following is not a theory, advanced in the book, about the nature of the American attack?
The Americans had sprayed gasoline on the roofs of houses, making the fire easier to spread
The Americans had dropped bombs on combustible targets that they knew would explode
The Americans had dropped a “Molotov flower basket,” a self-scattering cluster of bombs
American parachutists had infiltrated the city
. Where is Father Kleinsorge at the moment the bomb is dropped?
Reading a Jesuit magazine
Reciting his morning prayers
Having breakfast with Father Schiffer
. Why does the East Parade Ground doctor refuse to help the wounded at Asano Park?
Because it is too far away
Because he is selfish and lazy
Because he is too badly wounded to help
Because there is no hope for the heavily wounded in an emergency
. Japan capitulates after which of the following happens?
The Americans drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima
The Americans drop the atomic bomb on Nagasaki
The Americans firebomb Tokyo
The Americans conduct a hydrogen bomb test on Bikini Island
Which of the following countries did not have nuclear capabilities in
. What is Lucky Dragon No. Five?
A Hiroshima restaurant that became a makeshift hospital
The plane that dropped the atomic bomb
The title of the Reverend Mr. Tanimoto’s memoirs
A Japanese fishing vessel irradiated by hydrogen bomb tests
. Which of the following people was not in Hiroshima during the explosion?
. What sudden change in Hiroshima gives Miss Sasaki the creeps?
The destroyed houses and buildings
The fallen bridges
The thick, new growth of wildflowers
The hundreds of scientists
. What does Dr. Fujii do after the war?
Builds a clinic for older people
Spends most of his time partying
Operates on Miss Sasaki’s leg
Operates on some of the Hiroshima Maidens
. What does Mr. Tanimoto do in a speech given at the U.S. Senate?
He thanks the Americans for their generosity
He criticizes Truman for not warning the citizens of Hiroshima about the bomb
He encourages the U.S. government to help reconstruct Hiroshima
He pleads the case of the Hiroshima Maidens
. Dr. Sasaki would have most likely have been killed in the blast if he had not done which of the following?
Stepped outside the hospital for a break when the bomb dropped
Been working in the X-ray lab when the bomb dropped
Taken an earlier train than usual
Been standing next to an open window when the bomb dropped
. What does the Japanese word hibakusha mean?
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