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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. What position is Shintaro applying for?

2. What does Shintaro not confide to Ono?

3. How many regular customers does Mrs. Kawakami have now that the war is over?

4. Why isn't Ono able to understand Ichiro's imaginary talk?

5. How does Ono convince his wife that an investigation for the sale of the house is not a problem?

Short Essay Questions

1. What effect did Moriyama try to create in his paintings?

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

3. Why did Moriyama's students never comment directly to him about his paintings?

4. Why does Ono approve of his teacher's distancing himself from his students' discussions?

5. How does Ono persuade the authorities that the Migi-Hidari should be built in the pleasure district?

6. How does Matsuda console himself when thinking of his actions during the war?

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

8. Why does Ono admire Sugimura's work on Kawabe Park, even though Sugimura failed to accomplish his goals?

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

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

Essay 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

Ono expresses the belief that his confession of guilt about his war activities rescued the miai from discomfort, and made relaxed social interaction possible. Do you think other characters would have the same opinion? Would things look different from another perspective? Tell the story of the miai from Noriko's point of view.

Essay Topic 3

Ono recalls a rumor that Sugimura built a long corridor in his house to distance himself from his parents. Analyze Ono's relationship with his own father and with his two mentors, Takeda and Moriyama. Consider also that his daughters have moved at a distance from him, visiting only once a year. What do you think Ishiguro is telling his readers about parent-child relationships? Do you agree with his ideas?

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