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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Noriko's behavior change during the miai?
(a) She begins to relax.
(b) She abruptly leaves the table.
(c) She becomes talkative and lively.
(d) She becomes increasingly silent and distressed.

2. Why does Ono decide NOT to tell Noriko that he had contacted old acquaintances to try to ensure that her marriage negotiations went well?
(a) Noriko might become overconfident.
(b) Noriko would be angry if he interfered.
(c) The outcome had been unsatisfactory.
(d) He doesn't want to make Noriko even more nervous.

3. How does Ono want Noriko to appear during the miai?
(a) Lively and intelligent.
(b) Shy and innocent.
(c) Quiet and respectful.
(d) Dignified and silent.

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

5. What does Ono think about the spirit of the old floating world?
(a) Perhaps it will be reborn at some point.
(b) Perhaps it will never be recreated.
(c) Perhaps it was the best we will ever know.
(d) Perhaps it was not always for the best.

6. 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.

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

8. What kind of mistakes does Ono believe are not shameful?
(a) Those made against one's will.
(b) Those made in ignorance.
(c) Those made in youth.
(d) Those made in good faith.

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

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

11. How does Noriko say Ono has behaved since his retirement?
(a) He is sociable.
(b) He tyrannizes her.
(c) He mopes.
(d) He wanders.

12. What question does Setsuko's husband, Suichi, persist in asking?
(a) Why hasn't the house been repaired?
(b) Why did Noriko's marriage negotiations fail?
(c) Why is Ichiro so ill-mannered?
(d) Why does Setsuko visit her family so often?

13. What has Noriko planned for entertainment during Setsuko's visit?
(a) A visit to the deer park without Ono.
(b) A trip to the art museum.
(c) A trip to the cinema with the whole family.
(d) She bought new games to play at home.

14. What does Ono believe would make Shintaro happier?
(a) If Shintaro would return to the pleasure district.
(b) If Shintaro would find a wife.
(c) If Shintaro could get a teaching position.
(d) If Shintaro had the courage and honesty to admit his past deeds.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Ono convince his wife that an investigation for the sale of the house is not a problem?

2. What does Ono believe is more shameful than one's past mistakes?

3. Why does Ono's wife object to being investigated to get the house?

4. How does Noriko's behavior appear during the first part of the miai?

5. What is taking the place of the bars of the old pleasure district?

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