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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 react when he learns that Mitsuo attends school where Kuroda teaches?

2. What does Miyake think about the suicide of his company's president?

3. How did Noriko upset Setsuko when they were children?

4. What does Ono believe would make Shintaro happier?

5. How does Noriko's behavior change during the miai?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Matsuda say he never married?

2. What is Mrs. Kawakami hesitating to decide?

3. What stylistic devices does Moriyama copy from the classic artist, Utamaro?

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

5. What happened to Moriyama's best student, Sasaki?

6. After re-establishing contact with Matsuda during Noriko's marriage negotiations, what contact have Ono and Matsuda had before Matsuda dies?

7. Why does the smell of burning still make Ono uneasy while he is relaxing in Matsuda's garden?

8. How does Ono answer Ichiro's question about why men drink sake?

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

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

Essay 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 do you see as Ishiguro's overarching theme in this story? Why did he write it? What is he trying to teach, and to whom? Consider the fact that the book was published first in English.

Essay Topic 3

Ishguro uses political diction when describing the art world. When a student artist went against his teacher's style, he was called a "traitor," and his work an act of "treachery." Such students were banished from the fellowship of their fellow artists. What does this type of language tell you about the social or political world in which Ono lived? Is art important for political purposes?

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