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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 question does Setsuko's husband, Suichi, persist in asking?

2. What position is Shintaro applying for?

3. On what basis do the Sugimura sisters select a buyer for their house?

4. According to Suichi, Ichiro's father, why does Ono quit painting?

5. What does Shintaro want Ono to do for him?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Mr. Yamagata thank Ono for his support of the Migi-Hidari?

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

4. How does Taro behave during the miai?

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

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

7. What is Mrs. Kawakami hesitating to decide?

8. 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?

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

10. What does Ono see as the result of his confession during the miai?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The Bridge of Hesitation is an important symbol in this story and Ono says that he spends a great deal of time there. What does the bridge represent? Are there various possible meanings? Consider the fact that in the midst of the destruction of much of the area, the bridge remained.

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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