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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why does Ono decide NOT to tell Noriko that he had contacted old acquaintances to try to ensure that her marriage negotiations went well?
2. How long did Shintaro serve in the military?
3. How does Mrs. Kawakami's bar seem to Ono while the construction is under way?
4. What does Noriko say her father could not do without her?
5. How does Taro Saito feel about the demonstrations in the streets?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Ono decide to watch Mitsuo during the miai?
2. How does Ono persuade the authorities that the Migi-Hidari should be built in the pleasure district?
3. Why didn't Moriyama applaud his student's maturing talent as an artist?
4. Why didn't Ono object to Noriko's marriage into a family that was below their station?
5. Why does Ono lose respect for Shintaro?
6. After the surrender, one of the Sugimura sisters visits the house, obviously more concerned about the building than its inhabitants. Why doesn't Ono feel angry toward her?
7. What does Ono see as the result of his confession during the miai?
8. Why does Ono conceal his efforts on her behalf from Noriko during the weeks leading up to the miai?
9. How does Mr. Yamagata thank Ono for his support of the Migi-Hidari?
10. How has Ichiro changed in the year since Ono last saw him?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Many questions in this story are left unanswered or answered only by implication. Did Ono's father burn his paintings? Did Moriyama burn his paintings? Why did the Miyakes withdraw from the marriage negotiations? Discuss such subtleties and ambiguities as a stylistic device for you as a reader. Do you find it intriguing? Frustrating? Both? Neither? For instance, how would the story have been different if the author had simply said, "The Miyakes withdrew abruptly from the marriage negotiations when they talked to Kuroda and learned that Ono had turned him in to the patriotism committee," or "My father tried to teach me that art was an unacceptable career choice by burning my paintings."
Essay Topic 2
The Bridge of Hesitation is an important symbol in this story and Ono says that he spends a great deal of time there. What does the bridge represent? Are there various possible meanings? Consider the fact that in the midst of the destruction of much of the area, the bridge remained.
Essay Topic 3
Compare and contrast the personalities of Noriko and Setsuko based on their conversation and behavior. Remember that Ono comments on the character of the two girls. Do your observations agree with his?
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