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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Noriko persuade Ichiro to help her clear away the breakfast things?
(a) By threatening him with a time out.
(b) By telling him she's not strong enough to put the table away.
(c) By threatening to send him to his room.
(d) By telling him she will give him a treat.

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

3. Why does Ono's father object to his becoming an artist?
(a) Their poverty makes artists weak-willed and depraved.
(b) Art is useless in the world.
(c) Artists are dishonest.
(d) Their wealth makes artists disrespectful of others.

4. What has changed in the city between 1948 and 1949?
(a) Bombed ruins are becoming scarce.
(b) The destruction has been worsened by vandalism.
(c) Nothing has changed.
(d) One or two buildings are under construction.

5. How does Ono view Shintaro's childlike attitude about the war?
(a) Ono hopes his friend will return to him.
(b) Ono sees Shintaro as cleverly pretending to be ignorant.
(c) Ono sees Shintaro as permanently damaged by the war.
(d) Ono sees Shintaro as unaccountable for his actions.

6. Why does Mrs. Kawakami want Ono's advice about the corporation's offer?
(a) Ono is shrewd about business matters.
(b) Ono is her last dependable customer.
(c) Ono is her only friend.
(d) Ono could support the endeavor.

7. How does Ono react when he learns that Mitsuo attends school where Kuroda teaches?
(a) He assures them that Kuroda would speak well of him.
(b) He praises Kuroda's work.
(c) He says that Kuroda would not have a high opinion of him.
(d) He denies ever knowing Kuroda.

8. Why does Shintaro not join Ono's other pupils at their reserved table in Migi-Hidari?
(a) There were too many of them.
(b) He was too poor.
(c) They were jealous of his friendship with Ono.
(d) He was not regarded as first rank.

9. Who is Ichiro actually pretending to be when he imagines himself on horseback?
(a) The Lone Ranger.
(b) A samurai warrior.
(c) Roy Rogers.
(d) The Ninja of the wind.

10. Why does Ono decide to watch Metsuo during the miai?
(a) He wonders if Metsuo would make a good son-in-law.
(b) Ono is worried that Metsuo was in love with Noriko.
(c) Metsuo is unusually handsome.
(d) He thinks Metsuo does not hide his feelings.

11. What does Ono believe he gained from his admission?
(a) Taro's admiration.
(b) A good marriage for his daughter.
(c) Noriko's respect.
(d) Satisfaction and dignity.

12. How does Ono feel about the demonstrations in the streets?
(a) They've gone too far.
(b) The Japanese are children learning democracy.
(c) It is a great pity that people are being injured.
(d) They're an important expression of freedom of speech.

13. On what basis do the Sugimura sisters select a buyer for their house?
(a) They selected the first to make an offer.
(b) They selected a relative.
(c) They had an auction of prestige.
(d) They sold to the highest bidder.

14. What does Kuroda explain to Ono while they sit around the table in Migi-Hidari?
(a) That Ono did not appreciate his students' progress.
(b) That Ono was not keeping up with changing times.
(c) That Ono was unaware of his own great reputation.
(d) That Ono was not the painter he used to be.

15. How does Taro react to Ono's confession?
(a) He agrees that Ono has caused great harm to their society.
(b) He assures Ono that he is too hard on himself.
(c) He is shocked and leaves the room abruptly.
(d) He argues that artists had no part in the destruction.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why isn't Ono able to understand Ichiro's imaginary talk?

2. How do the new apartment buildings under construction look to Ono?

3. What always makes Mrs. Kawakami smile?

4. How does Shintaro embarrass Mrs. Kawakami?

5. How does Ichiro respond to Setsuko's requests for him to settle down?

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