Eyes of the Emperor
Eddy Okubo lies about his age and joins the army in his hometown of Honolulu only weeks before the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor. Suddenly Americans see him as the enemyeven the U.S. Army doubts the loyalty of Japanese American soldiers. Then the army sends Eddy and a small band of Japanese American soldiers on a secret mission to a small island off the coast of Mississippi. Here they are given a special job, one that only they can do. Eddy's going to help train attack dogs. He's going to be the bait.
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Eyes of the Emperor is a work of historical fiction written by Graham Salisbury. Salisbury grew up on the island of Hawaii, which he incorporates into the novel. (This annotation contains an image)
The narrator's dad mashing his lips shows
Haole is a term, usually insulting, used in Hawaii to refer to an individual of white ancestry.
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What does this paragraph mainly do?
The idea of race and culture play a major part in the book. The narrator has a father from Japan, yet he was born in the United States. Hawaii is even divided by the different nationalities of the citizens.
A red hibiscus is a type of flower. (This annotation contains an image)
At this moment Eddy feels
The Great Hawaiian Sugar Strike of 1946 was one of the most expensive strikes in history. This strike involved almost all of the plantations in Hawaii, creating a cost of over $15 million in crop and production. This strike would become one of the leading causes for social change throughout the territory. (This annotation contains an image)
The highlighted sentence contains an example of
Watch the video below about how characters develop. (This annotation contains a video)
What are the main character traits of Eddy's dad? Provide textual evidence to support your answer.
Eddy's relationship with his dad is central to the story right now. He admires his dad, fears him somewhat, and does not quite understand him. Pay close attention to Eddy's feelings toward his dad as the story progresses.
At this moment what is Chik concerned about?
The old goat refers to
Below is an image of the flag that Eddy is describing. (This annotation contains an image)
Below is an image similar to what Eddy sees. (This annotation contains an image)
Eddy's tone when talking about his dad is
Listen to this recording of a radio report announcing the attack on Pearl Harbor. (This annotation contains a video)
How is Eddy's father feeling at this moment? Provide textual evidence to support your answer.
188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed, 2,403 Americans were killed, and 1,178 were wounded in the Attack on Pearl Harbor. (This annotation contains an image)
What cultural aspect of the Japanese is emphasized between Eddy and his father in this chapter?
Watch the video below about mood. (This annotation contains a video)
"...the black dragons of smoke snaking up out of Pearl Harbor" creates a _______ mood.
Below is an image of Wheeler Field after the attack. (This annotation contains an image)
What best summarizes the theme of this paragraph?
Watch the video below about imagery, which uses sensory details (sight, sound, taste, touch, or smell) to enhance the story. (This annotation contains a video)
In the highlighted paragraph, what kind of sensory detail(s) does the author use? I. Sight II. Sound III. Smell IV. Taste V. Touch
Notice the use of the word "Japs" from the lieutenant. It is typically seen as an ethnic slur. This is an indication of the attitude toward Japanese-American soldiers such as Eddy, Cobra, and Chik after Pearl Harbor.
What is Eddy's main source of anger?
Do you remember Eddy's conversation with his father before he left? He didn't want to shame his father. Now Eddy is not given the opportunity to fight. Consider how this makes Eddy feel.
After reading what Cobra says at the end of this chapter, what does the title of the book Eyes of the Emperor mean?
Between 1,200-1,800 Japanese nationals and Japanese-Americans were interned (put in a prison camp) in Hawaii during World War II. This represented 2% of the population, since there were around 150,000 Japanese-Americans inhabiting Hawaii. (This annotation contains an image)
What is Eddy's tone at this moment?
Read the definition for bivouac. Which word is best associated with the way it is used here?
Watch the video below about the history of taps. (This annotation contains a video)
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Sweet doesn't trust them because of their
Compare and contrast Captain Parrish and Lieutenant Sweet, using examples from the text to support your answer.
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The Bushido code is associated with the samurai. The video below explains the seven principles of a samurai. (This annotation contains a video)
What is Eddy's attitude toward the captured seaman?
Why is this moment important to the plot?
There's a certain amount of irony in Sweet's name since he has been so cruel to the Japanese-American soldiers. Watch the video below to learn more about irony. (This annotation contains a video)
How does the reader know this is a turning point in the novel?
Midway Island is about one-third of the way from Honolulu, Hawaii to Tokyo, Japan. Look at the map below to locate Midway Island. (This annotation contains an image)
This is Camp McCoy in Wisconsin, which held Japanese-Americans along with German and Italian detainees. (This annotation contains an image)
The fire in this sentence represents that Eddy is
This is a Japanese idiom that translates to "Do your best" or "Go for it."
What is Eddy's main motivation for wanting to fight? Provide textual evidence to support your answer.
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At the end of this chapter, Eddy feels
A phrase like this is known as a juxtaposition. A juxtaposition is when two contrasting things are seen or placed close together. Most people would not associate the smell of dead fish as sweet, which is where the contrast comes.
Why is this one of Eddy's best moments?
Cobra is the most _________ of the group at the moment.
The details of the setting contribute to the mood. The unkept condition of Eddy and other Japanese-American soldiers shows how they are being treated.
What word best describes Leroy?
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Physical descriptions such as these indicate Cobra's mood without simply saying that he's shocked, angry, or confused.
How do you think Eddy's attitude towards the war has changed since he enlisted?
At this moment, Eddy is showing the character trait of
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Follow the link below to the History channel to watch a brief video about the K-9 Corps. (This annotation contains a link)
Kooch is going to find Eddy through
A water moccasin is the only poisonous water snake in North America. Their bites are extremely painful. (This annotation contains an image)
When Smith says "move on to the real stuff," he indicates that the training will get more
Below is an image similar to what Eddy is seeing. (This annotation contains an image)
The "sweet-smelling kiss from heaven" refers to
Why did the National Guard fire at Leroy's boat?
The Purple Heart is awarded to soldiers who are wounded or killed in battle. (This annotation contains an image)
This moment represents
The short sentences add an unwelcoming mood to the moment. This shows that Eddie wants it to be over.
Eddy decides to point out that Smith does not like this either. Smith has been pushing Eddy in the training. Consider why Smith does not like this part of the training.
What does this moment show?
This is a symptom of hypothermia, which is a dangerous condition in which the body's core temperature drops below that required for normal metabolism and body functions.
Why does the author include this scene in the novel? How does it contribute to the novel's purpose?
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How does Kooch change when he sees the sack?
The author wants the setting to feel unpleasant for the reader as Chapter 36 opens. Notice the mood he creates with phrases such as "sweaty hot afternoon" and "The air was thick and smelled like seaweed."
Cobra's tone at this moment is
Why does Eddy call for his father?
Watch the video below of Navy SEALs training dogs. (This annotation contains a video)
The mood at this moment with Chik is
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The Battle of Dutch Harbor took place on June 3rd and 4th, 1942. (This annotation contains an image)
What does this moment most significantly show?
How does the author establish a tense mood in this paragraph? Provide textual evidence to support your answer.
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Why is Kooch able to rip off Eddy's sleeve?
This sentence is a good example of vivid details. The "ice-pick eyes" portray the fierceness of Kooch.
What is the mood in this scene?
"The Brass" is often used to describe high ranking military officials. Brass is a reference to either the officials' buttons, badges, or insignia.
Why is this island like a home to Eddy?
Below is the music to the song that Chik is signing. It was originally written in 1917 by Isham Jones. (This annotation contains a video)
This is known as the climax of the story, or the major turning point. This moment justifies Eddy's claim.
Eddy's thought process here represents
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Why is this moment important?
Why do you think the author chooses to end the book at this point? What sort of mood does it leave for the reader?