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Novel Hiroshima Study Guide

What was the date and the time of the nuclear blast over Hiroshima?

August 6th

Name the six survivors of our novel.

Miss Toshiniki Sasaki, Mrs. Hatsuyo Nakamura, Dr. Masakazu Fujii, Father Kleinsorge, Reverend Tanimoto, and Dr. Sasaki.

How many people were killed as a result of the bomb?


Why were the people so nervous that something was going to happen to Hiroshima?

Hiroshima had not yet been hit by air raids.

What did most people hear when the bomb went off?


How far was Mrs. Nakamura from the center of the blast?

1350 yards away

What dropped from the sky the size of marbles?


What was miraculous about the condition of Mrs. Nakamura's children?

No serious injuries

Of 150 doctors in the city, how many were now dead?


How many nurses had there been?


How many nurses were now dead or wounded?


What happened to the people who drank from the river?

They became ill and threw up

What one thing characterized the behavior of the people in the park?


What was the second natural phenomenon that occured in Asano Park?


Who was helping the lady onto the boat when her skin slipped off like a glove?

Mr. Tanimoto

The second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on what date?

August 9th

What was the translation of of the Japanese name they gave the bomb?

The original child bomb

What news does Mrs. Nakamura receive from her sister?

The war was over

What illness did many suffer from after the bomb hit?

Radiation sickness

What did the people in Asano park think was falling from the sky?


Of or pertaining to a town or city or its local government


An official who examines books, plays, news reports, motion pictures, radio and television programs, letters, cablegrams, etc., for the purpose of suppressing parts deemed objectionable on moral, political, military, or other grounds


A white, lustrous, radioactive, metallic element, occurring in pitchblende, and having compounds that are used in photography and in coloring glass. The 235 isotope is used in atomic and hydrogen bombs and as a fuel in nuclear reactors.


A naturally radioactive, silvery, metallic transuranic element, occurring in uranium ores and produced artificially by neutron bombardment of uranium


What were intitial figures of the number of dead?


In actuality how many died?


How many buildings were destroyed?


How many buildings remained that did not need major repairs?


What was the heat at the center of the explosion?

6,000 *C

What was the temperature at 600 yards from the center of explosion?

1300 *C

Fifty inches of concrete would have protected the citizens from what?

Radiation sickness

What happened to Miss Sasaki?


What happened to Mrs. Nakamura?


What happened to Father Kleinsorge?

Back in the hospital

What happened to Dr.Sasaki?

Could no longer work in his previous occupation

What happened to Dr. Fujii?

Lost his hospital

What happened to Mr. Tanimoto?

Lost energy and church

What was the translation of "Shikata ga nai"?

It can't be helped, oh well, too bad

What did Tanimoto write to the newspaper?

Never again repeat what happened

When did India have its first nuclear test?

May 18th

Where was John Hersey born?

Tientsin, China

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