Describe the setting in the first three chapters.

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I see from the answers above that the title of Journey to Topaz wasn't originally included in your question.  I am glad the title has been clarified because now your question can be easily answered in just a few words: 1941 in Yuki's home in Berkeley.

Remember that setting always consists of time and place, and both are dealt with in the first "few chapters" of Journey to Topaz.  We learn very early on that it is early December in 1941 and Yuki is really looking forward to Christmas in her home at Berkeley.  The setting gets really specific in that we learn Yuki's family rents the house (and doesn't own it), but it's big enough and nice enough for Yuki's mom to have people over.  Yuki's family, then, (along with her brother, Ken) live comfortably in this setting.  There is even enough room for Pepper, the family dog, to have a place to play out in the backyard.  As a further element to the backyard setting in Berkeley, we learn that Yuki's father tends to the garden fastidiously, and there is quite an extravagant fishpond out there that is home to a big gray carp.  The neighborhood is a nice one.  Yuki, her brother, and her parents have many friends there.

Here is a positive setting and a positive beginning to a story that gradually gets more and more tragic for Yuki's family.  Of course, the attack on Pearl Harbor changes everything:

Father put down his chopsticks and listened intently. Mother brushed away a piece of hair that had strayed from her bun and pinned it back into place. A frown swept across her pleasant face and she didn't even attempt to eat her lunch. Only Yuki had a mouthful of chicken and sat chewing silently, looking first at Father and then at Mother, trying to understand what had happened.

Even the setting from here on out will take a drastic turn, as Yuki's family discovers two new despairing settings:  the camp at the Tanforan Race Track, and the camp at Topaz.

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In order to answer this question, you would need to provide the title of the book that you are working from.  However, I can help you determine the setting and what types of information might help you answer this question for any book.

First, determine where the story takes place - is it in a small town in the Midwest, New York City, or a fictional country?  Think about this location, and all the information that you already know about this type of setting.  For instance, if the story is set in a large city, you might know that this means the characters might walk to school, work, or the store instead of driving.  They might take a taxi to get to the airport, and they might live in an apartment instead of a house.

Next, figure out the time period of the book.  Is the book set in the past, the present, or the future?  This will determine how the characters behave, and the plot of the story.  For example, if the book is set in 1830, there will be no computers, cars, or even fast food restaurants.  The characters might speak differently, and they might have different problems to deal with.

Finally, think about the plot of the story.  What happens in the book, and how does the setting (time and place) seem to affect what happens?  Setting can change the plot a lot, so make sure you have a complete and thorough understanding of the setting as you read.

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