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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Why was Shintaro not initially called up for military service?
(a) He had a bad leg.
(b) He was his family's only support.
(c) His service as an artist was more important.
(d) He was mentally defective.

4. How does Ono help Shintaro's younger brother?
(a) He wrote a letter of recommendation.
(b) He loaned him money.
(c) He found him a wife.
(d) He hired him as an apprentice.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Ono angry with Shintaro?

2. How does the Bridge of Hesitation get its name?

3. What does Ono advise Mrs. Kawakami to do?

4. How does Ono want Noriko to appear during the miai?

5. Why does Ono enjoy Shintaro's company?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Ono decide to watch Mitsuo during the miai?

2. How does the Bridge of Hesitation get its name?

3. Why didn't Ono object to Noriko's marriage into a family that was below their station?

4. What prediction does Setsuko's mother make about her that is now proving accurate?

5. Why is Ono worried about Kuroda's attitude now?

6. What is surprising about Noriko's comments to Setsuko about Ono?

7. Why does Ono say he would never forgive himself if he became like his father?

8. How does the Migi-Hidari show its loyalty to the emperor?

9. Why is it unlikely that the Miyakes withdrew from marriage negotiations because they felt inferior?

10. Why does Suichi become angry at Kenji's funeral ceremony?

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