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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 want Ono to do for him?

2. What does Shintaro paint now that the war is over?

3. According to rumor, how did Sugimura assemble his garden?

4. What does Ono advise Mrs. Kawakami to do?

5. How does Ono perceive Shintaro's nature now that his old friend no longer comes to Mrs. Kawakami's?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Mrs. Kawakami hesitating to decide?

2. What is surprising about Noriko's comments to Setsuko about Ono?

3. Why didn't Ono object to Noriko's marriage into a family that was below their station?

4. Why does Enchi ask Ono to leave when he learns who he really is?

5. 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?

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

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

8. Why does Ono decide to watch Mitsuo during the miai?

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

10. Why does Ono say he would never forgive himself if he became like his father?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Young Miyake tells Ono what he believes is "the greatest cowardice of all." Later, Ono explains what he believes to be the greatest cowardice. Analyze the similarities and differences between their points of view. Do these stated opinions influence Ono? If so, how? Is cowardice or courage a matter of importance to 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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