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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 Topic 1
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 2
At the miai, Saito suggests that boys should not be confined, but should be allowed to run free even when they hurt themselves. He uses this as an argument in support of the street demonstrations which he views as legitimate use of freedom of speech. The maturation of boys to men is a significant theme in this story. The men, from Matsuda arguing with his caregiver, Suzuki, to Ono's arguments with his daughters about Ichiro seeing a scary movie and drinking sake, argue for freedom and the women urge restraint and greater care. Using examples from the text, select one character and write about their maturation process. Ichiro, Kenji, Kuroda, or Ono himself would be good possibilities. Are these developing men symbols of their country as a whole? is it, as Taro Saito suggests, a baby democracy learning how to govern itself?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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