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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 is Ono angry with Shintaro?

2. Who is Ichiro actually pretending to be when he imagines himself on horseback?

3. Why does Ono decide to watch Metsuo during the miai?

4. What does Mrs. Kawakami call the pleasure district since the war?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Shintaro ask Ono to do for him?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What tragic event happens to the mentally challenged Hirayama?

9. Why does Ono conceal his efforts on her behalf from Noriko during the weeks leading up to the miai?

10. What is Mrs. Kawakami hesitating to decide?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ono expresses the belief that his confession of guilt about his war activities rescued the miai from discomfort, and made relaxed social interaction possible. Do you think other characters would have the same opinion? Would things look different from another perspective? Tell the story of the miai from Noriko's point of view.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

First, Shintaro calls Ono a traitor. Second, we learn about the artwork that has made him call his friend a traitor. Third, we learn of Matsuda's persuasive conversation that induced Ono to change his painting style, and fourth, we learn that the work resulted in his expulsion from Moriyama's tutelage. Analyze the way the clarity of the story is affected by this type of organization. Why do you think Ishiguro chose not to tell is story in simple chronological order? What effect does dealing with time in this way have on you as a reader?

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