Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz 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?
Many questions in this story are left unanswered or answered only by implication. Did Ono's father burn his paintings? Did Moriyama burn his paintings? Why did the Miyakes withdraw from the marriage negotiations? Discuss such subtleties and ambiguities as a stylistic device for you as a reader. Do you find it intriguing? Frustrating? Both? Neither? For instance, how would the story have been different if the author had simply said, "The Miyakes withdrew abruptly from the marriage negotiations when they talked to Kuroda and learned that Ono had turned him in to the patriotism committee," or "My father tried to teach me that art was an unacceptable career choice by burning my paintings."
Naguchi is a character we never meet directly. Ono explains the musician's suicide to his grandson, Ichiro. There are some differences between this conversation and the opinions Ono expresses when Miyake tells Ono that his employer committed suicide and that Miyake finds the action admirable. Has Ono changed? If so, what has changed him?
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?
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