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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Noriko like about her apartment?
(a) It is spacious.
(b) It is Western and modern.
(c) It is very traditional.
(d) It has a spectacular view of the city.

2. Why does Ono introduce Kenji into the conversation in Noriko's kitchen?
(a) He had argued with his wife about giving Kenji sake at the same age.
(b) His son, had he been present, would have taken his side.
(c) He feels outnumbered by women.
(d) He suddenly recalls his son's death.

3. What is always somewhere in a Moriyama painting?
(a) A lantern.
(b) A teapot.
(c) A lotus.
(d) A mountain.

4. What happened to Moriyama after Ono left his school?
(a) His work had been admired in Europe.
(b) His reputation had declined.
(c) His reputation had spread.
(d) His work was displayed at the palace.

5. What shows European influences on Moriyama?
(a) He outlined his figures in black.
(b) He used oils instead of watercolors.
(c) He abandoned the use of dark outlines.
(d) He used bold, bright colors.

6. Why does Matsuda envy Ono?
(a) Ono is more handsome.
(b) Ono has better health.
(c) Ono's work is more admired.
(d) Ono is wealthier.

7. What did Ono feel was missing the night he won the award?
(a) A feeling of triumph and fulfillment.
(b) International recognition.
(c) His family.
(d) Kuroda's approval.

8. What does Ono want to say to Moriyama if they meet again?
(a) Moriyama's teaching had helped him immeasureably.
(b) Moriyama's assessment of his work had been correct.
(c) Ono had not had to illustrate comic books after all.
(d) Ono was grateful for Moriyama's help.

9. When does Ono feel the sense of triumph he had hoped for?
(a) Sitting on a hill all alone, eating oranges.
(b) Receiving the praise of his students.
(c) Confronting Moriyama at his villa.
(d) When his family gave him a surprise party.

10. What does Ono believe should give Matsuda and him satisfaction as they review their lives?
(a) They supported a just cause.
(b) They were too young to be accountable.
(c) They acted in the best of faith.
(d) They followed honorable leaders.

11. Why does Ono come to admire Moriyama's treatment of his students?
(a) Ono believes students often know more than their teachers.
(b) Ono believes it is foolish to waste time discussing each comment.
(c) Ono believes it is important for students to develop their own thinking.
(d) Ono believes students' comments are mere flattery.

12. What does Ono say during his last conversation with Matsuda about his present-day perspective on life?
(a) It is all-encompassing and not bound by political borders.
(b) It is broader and includes the whole country.
(c) It is skewed by the damage done by the war.
(d) It is still narrow and doesn't extend much beyond the city.

13. Why does Ono believe that the Tortoise or Shintaro will never feel the sort of happiness he felt sitting on the hillside?
(a) They did not have the talent.
(b) They did not risk everything in an attempt to be extraordinary.
(c) They were prone to complain.
(d) They were not skilled enough craftsmen.

14. What does Ono say in Noriko's kitchen that upsets Noriko and Setsuko?
(a) That Ichiro should wait a few years for sake.
(b) That Ichiro should be taught better manners.
(c) That Ichiro should have a taste of sake with dinner.
(d) That Ichiro should never drink sake.

15. How does Matsuda describe the contribution he and Ono made?
(a) It was negligible.
(b) It was important.
(c) It was critical.
(d) It was marginal.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why had Moriyama been happy with his work looking back on it as an old man?

2. Why does Matsuda think the two men should not blame themselves for their earlier actions?

3. What is the "floating world"?

4. How long after their initial reconnection had Ono visited his old friend?

5. Who does Matsuda claim has been blamed for Japan's downfall?

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