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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. How does Ono view Shintaro's childlike attitude about the war?

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

3. How long did Shintaro serve in the military?

4. How does Setsuko characterize Ichiro?

5. What does the corporation offer Mrs. Kawakami?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Ono says that he would not have made his admission of guilt at the miai had he not felt compelled to do so. What social situation compelled him?

3. Why does Ono feel compelled to confess his activities during the war during the miai?

4. How does Mr. Yamagata thank Ono for his support of the Migi-Hidari?

5. How does Taro behave during the miai?

6. Why does Ono's father burn his paintings?

7. What does Ono conceal from Noriko in the weeks leading up to her miai?

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

9. What is the difference in Noriko's behavior between her first and second miai?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

First, Shintaro calls Ono a traitor. Second, we learn about the artwork that has made him call his friend a traitor. Third, we learn of Matsuda's persuasive conversation that induced Ono to change his painting style, and fourth, we learn that the work resulted in his expulsion from Moriyama's tutelage. Analyze the way the clarity of the story is affected by this type of organization. Why do you think Ishiguro chose not to tell is story in simple chronological order? What effect does dealing with time in this way have on you as a reader?

Essay Topic 2

What difference do you see in the way Ono interacts with his daughters and his grandson and the way Noriko describes his earlier behavior as a father? Do you trust her description? Do you think he has changed? Analyze Ono's development as a father based on his daughters' responses to him.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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