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We Are Not Free

Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 2020

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Reading Questions & Paired Texts

Reading Check and Short Answer questions on key points are designed for guided reading assignments, in-class review, formative assessment, quizzes, and more.


Reading Check

1. What is the slang term for White Americans that Minnow uses?

2. Who scares away the boys beating up Minnow?

3. What two things does Shing decide are most important to bring with him in the event of an evacuation?

4. What instrument does Yum-yum play?

5. Where do Yum-yum and her friends find Fred when he goes missing?

Short Answer

Answer each question in at least 1 complete sentence. Incorporate details from the text to support your response.

1. Why did Minnow miss the bus? What does this imply about his characterization?

2. Why does Shig not understand Mrs. Katsumoto’s “thank you” sign?

3. How does Shig protest the evacuations in a small way?

4. Why can’t Bette dance at Thanksgiving?

Paired Resource

 “Racism in Anti-Japanese Propaganda

  • This article from the Hampton Roads Naval Museum reveals examples of Anti-Japanese propaganda, including the one Minnow mentions in Chapter 1. (Teacher-appropriate; not student-facing due to racist imagery, language, and messages.)
  • The information and images in this source connect to the theme of The Injustice of Government-Sanctioned Racism.

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