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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is taking the place of the bars of the old pleasure district?
(a) Geisha houses.
(b) Theaters and restaurants.
(c) Businesses.
(d) Residences.

2. What does Ono promise the youngest Sugimura sister?
(a) That she could return to the house whenever she wanted.
(b) That he would repair the war damage at the first opportunity.
(c) That she could live with their family.
(d) That he would build a room for her.

3. Why does Ono enjoy Shintaro's company?
(a) Because Shintaro has a subtle sense of humor.
(b) Because Shintaro is perceptive about politics.
(c) Because Ono admires his painting.
(d) Because he is unchanged by the war.

4. Why did Ono as a young boy dread his father's business meetings?
(a) He was being punished.
(b) The incense in the room made it hard to breathe.
(c) He hated his father.
(d) He couldn't understand what his father said.

5. What is the difference between Noriko's behavior at her first miai and her behavior at this one?
(a) Then she was friendly; now she is rude.
(b) Then she was shy; now she is relaxed and casual.
(c) Then she was relaxed and casual; now she is shy.
(d) Then she was heartbroken; now she is happy.

6. How does Noriko's behavior appear during the first part of the miai?
(a) Noisy and disrespectful.
(b) Boastful and rude.
(c) Lively and intelligent.
(d) Quiet and shy.

7. How do the new apartment buildings under construction look to Ono?
(a) They could be mistaken for bombed ruins.
(b) They are ugly and too modern.
(c) They are a sign of progress.
(d) They are beautiful.

8. What does Shintaro want Ono to do for him?
(a) Claim that Ono had painted the posters.
(b) Verify that Shintaro had done the posters against his will.
(c) Recommend his artwork.
(d) Verify that Shintaro had created the posters.

9. What quality does Ono say the arguments and banter of the old days always had?
(a) Duplicity.
(b) Sorrow.
(c) Sincerity.
(d) Confusion.

10. How does Ichiro respond to Setsuko's requests for him to settle down?
(a) He laughs at her.
(b) He kisses her.
(c) He ignores her.
(d) He obeys her.

11. What does Noriko say her father could not do without her?
(a) Get up for breakfast.
(b) Stay awake for dinner.
(c) Remember to eat.
(d) Go to bed.

12. What does Shintaro paint now that the war is over?
(a) Anti-war slogans.
(b) Destroyed buildings.
(c) Flowers.
(d) Fire engines.

13. Why does Ono's wife object to being investigated to get the house?
(a) She thought the sellers had no right to check on them.
(b) She thought it would cost them money.
(c) She thought her secret would be discovered.
(d) She thought it would interfere with her daughters' marriage chances.

14. Why does Ichiro refuse to help Noriko put away the breakfast things?
(a) He says it's women's work.
(b) He's playing a game.
(c) He wants to stay with his mother.
(d) He wants to stay with his grandfather.

15. Why doesn't Ono share his feelings about the old pleasure district with Mrs. Kawakami?
(a) Ono knows she doesn't wish for the old days.
(b) It would be tactless because the old days are dear to her.
(c) Ono knows she is relieved to be through with the old days.
(d) Ono knows she's too old to rebuild.

Short Answer Questions

1. What position is Shintaro applying for?

2. Why does Noriko say that Ono is making progress?

3. How does Taro Saito feel about the demonstrations in the streets?

4. How does Noriko say Ono used to treat them?

5. Who is Ichiro actually pretending to be when he imagines himself on horseback?

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