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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 is Ono considered as a potential buyer for the Sugimura house?

2. How does Noriko's behavior appear during the first part of the miai?

3. Why does Ono's father object to his becoming an artist?

4. What does Ono promise the youngest Sugimura sister?

5. What quality does Ono say the arguments and banter of the old days always had?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What tragic event happens to the mentally challenged Hirayama?

3. How does Saito regard the demonstrations in the streets?

4. Why does Ono conceal his efforts on her behalf from Noriko during the weeks leading up to the miai?

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

6. What does Noriko accuse Ono of when he is working in the garden?

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

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

9. What is the likely reason for Miyake's sudden withdrawal from the marriage negotiations?

10. Why does Enchi treat Ono in such a friendly way when he arrives to visit Kuroda?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

What do you make of the fact that Ono's paintings are not on display even in his own home, and that he will not show them even to his own grandson? What does it tell you that Ono will not draw or paint with Ichiro, although he encourages the boy to draw? What does it tell you that at the end of the story he tells Matsuda that he is painting again? Analyze what Ono's art work means to him in the context of these facts.

Essay Topic 3

Twice in the story, authority figures burned Ono's paintings. Compare the two situations. Did they have the same purpose? Were they trying to help the young man or hurt him? How do you know? Use textual evidence to support your opinion.

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