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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 does Ono promise to do to help Mrs. Kawakami?
2. What kind of mistakes does Ono believe are not shameful?
3. According to Suichi, Ichiro's father, why does Ono quit painting?
4. What does Ono promise the youngest Sugimura sister?
5. How does Mrs. Kawakami's bar seem to Ono while the construction is under way?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is it unlikely that the Miyakes withdrew from marriage negotiations because they felt inferior?
2. How does Ono acquire his house for less than half its value?
3. Suichi says that American heroes are better role models for his son that Japanese heroes. Why would that be?
4. What is Mrs. Kawakami hesitating to decide?
5. What is the difference in Noriko's behavior between her first and second miai?
6. What is the likely reason for Miyake's sudden withdrawal from the marriage negotiations?
7. After the surrender, one of the Sugimura sisters visits the house, obviously more concerned about the building than its inhabitants. Why doesn't Ono feel angry toward her?
8. Why does Ono feel compelled to confess his activities during the war during the miai?
9. Why does Suichi become angry at Kenji's funeral ceremony?
10. What prediction does Setsuko's mother make about her that is now proving accurate?
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
We meet Taro Saito only briefly in this story, and yet Ishiguro establishes a clear personality for him through his actions and conversation. What do you know about Taro? How do you learn it? Analyze this character based on the information you have.
Essay Topic 3
Ishiguro devotes a great deal of description to the physical venues of Ono's city. Take the point of view of a reporter who is visiting the city to report on its postwar condition in 1948. As a reporter, what would you say about the parks? The homes? The pleasure district? If you returned in 1950, what would you report? Have there been significant changes? In your second paragraph, take the point of view of the same reporter returning after two years to observe the physical differences. What is still there? What is gone? What is there that wasn't before?
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