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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 quality does Ono say the arguments and banter of the old days always had?
2. What does Ono believe he gained from his admission?
3. What does Ono like best about the house?
4. How does Ono help Shintaro's younger brother?
5. Why does Noriko say that Ono is making progress?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Ono lose respect for Shintaro?
2. How does Saito regard the demonstrations in the streets?
3. Why does Enchi treat Ono in such a friendly way when he arrives to visit Kuroda?
4. Why does Ono conceal his efforts on her behalf from Noriko during the weeks leading up to the miai?
5. What does Noriko accuse Ono of when he is working in the garden?
6. How does Taro behave during the miai?
7. How does Ono acquire his house for less than half its value?
8. What does Shintaro ask Ono to do for him?
9. What is Mrs. Kawakami hesitating to decide?
10. What does Ono see as the result of his confession during the miai?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What difference do you see in the way Ono interacts with his daughters and his grandson and the way Noriko describes his earlier behavior as a father? Do you trust her description? Do you think he has changed? Analyze Ono's development as a father based on his daughters' responses to him.
Essay Topic 2
We learn about Suichi's character through what he instructs Setsuko, what he wants for Ichiro, and the way he behaves when Kenji's ashes are brought home. Describe this young man based on textual evidence. Ono expresses the belief that Suichi has been "embittered." What embittered him?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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