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

2. Where has Ichiro heard English spoken?

3. What had the wandering priest warned Ono's parents about him?

4. How does Taro react to Ono's confession?

5. What has Noriko planned for entertainment during Setsuko's visit?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ono conceal from Noriko in the weeks leading up to her miai?

2. Ono says that he would not have made his admission of guilt at the miai had he not felt compelled to do so. What social situation compelled him?

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

4. Why is it unlikely that the Miyakes withdrew from marriage negotiations because they felt inferior?

5. Why does Ono lose respect for Shintaro?

6. How does Taro behave during the miai?

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

8. What does Noriko accuse Ono of when he is working in the garden?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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?

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