Passage to Freedom Comp. Questions
To make stories seem more personal and to bring readers closer to the action. It is in first person.
why do you think the author used Hiroki's voice to tell the story? What point of you is the story written in?
happy, peaceful, and normal.
How would you describe Hiroki's life in Lithuania before war broke out?
to show the fear and uncertainty of the refugees.
Why does the author change the mood of the selection when the war begins?
Their heavy clothing on a warm day and although far from home they don't have suitcases
What are some unusual things Hiroki notices about the people at the gate?
Knowing what Hiroki is seeing, hearing and feeling brings readers closer to the events.
How does the author's use of Hiroki's point of view add to the story?
Grown ups spoke in Polish which he didn't understand and the children's eyes were red from not having slept for days.
What facts does the author present that explain things that Hiroki found mysterious?
To show how happy they were that they would get visas and have the chance to stay alive.
Why do you think the author and the publisher decided to conclude a picture by no words on pages 60 and 61?
Proud that they had made the right decisions, happy for the refugees, worried of what might happen when the Nazis come?
Look at the picture on page 60 and 61 how do you think the Sugihara family felt at this moment?
Very well, issues more visas than he had promised.
In your opinion how well does Chiune Sugihara fulfill his promise to the refugees?
Hiroki's mother counts people in line, she massages fathers arm and encourages him to make more visas. Hiroki played with Polish children.
How do the other members of the Sugihara family help the refugees?
He's affective, he shows the father is tired and worried that his eyes are red, and his arm is sore. The author shows the mother wants to help. So she massages the father's arms and shoulders
How effectively do you think the author communicates the excitement, anxiety, and fatigue of family members during this period? Give several examples to support your opinion.
To show how much the refugees appreciate what Mr. Sugihara did. Also he heard his appreciation.
Why do you think the author includes the refugee's words as he describe the Sugihara's words?
Yes his superiors would punished him for disobeying them. Also no because the author would have included this.
Do you think Mr. Sugihara was punished for issuing the visas? What makes you think this?