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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 Shintaro paint now that the war is over?

2. How does Ono react when he learns that Mitsuo attends school where Kuroda teaches?

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

4. What does Ono believe would make Shintaro happier?

5. How does Ono help Shintaro's younger brother?

Short Essay Questions

1. Suichi says that American heroes are better role models for his son that Japanese heroes. Why would that be?

2. How does Ono acquire his house for less than half its value?

3. Why is Ono worried about Kuroda's attitude now?

4. Why does Ono's father burn his paintings?

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

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

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

8. What is Mrs. Kawakami hesitating to decide?

9. Why does Ono lose respect for Shintaro?

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

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.

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

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?

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