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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. How does Ono help Shintaro's younger brother?

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

3. What is the difference between Noriko's behavior at her first miai and her behavior at this one?

4. What does Ono promise to do to help Mrs. Kawakami?

5. Why is Ono angry with Shintaro?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What prediction does Setsuko's mother make about her that is now proving accurate?

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does Taro behave during the miai?

9. Why does Ono lose respect for Shintaro?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are several places in this story where a character's speech does not reflect their actual opinions. Setsuko's conversations with her father are examples. Select and analyze a scene where you are able to establish that what is being said is not genuine. How do you know? How is the writer able to convey that double message to you as a reader?

Essay Topic 2

Moriyama said that the floating world disappears with dawn and sobriety. His work was to try to capture and validate the beauty of that world. But the phrase "floating world" means more. What else does the phrase represent? Why do you think Ishiguro chose it for the title?

Essay Topic 3

Ishiguro devotes a great deal of description to the physical venues of Ono's city. Take the point of view of a reporter who is visiting the city to report on its postwar condition in 1948. As a reporter, what would you say about the parks? The homes? The pleasure district? If you returned in 1950, what would you report? Have there been significant changes? In your second paragraph, take the point of view of the same reporter returning after two years to observe the physical differences. What is still there? What is gone? What is there that wasn't before?

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