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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 many regular customers does Mrs. Kawakami have now that the war is over?

2. What always makes Mrs. Kawakami smile?

3. How does Noriko's behavior change during the miai?

4. Why does Ono's wife object to being investigated to get the house?

5. What does Ono like best about the house?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Matsuda believe was his and Ono's great misfortune?

2. What do we learn about Setsuko from Ono's conversation with Matsuda?

3. How has Ichiro changed in the year since Ono last saw him?

4. How does Matsuda console himself when thinking of his actions during the war?

5. Years ago, Matsuda had accused Ono of having a narrow artist's perspective. What does Ono say about his perspective now that he is retired?

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

7. Why is it unlikely that the Miyakes withdrew from marriage negotiations because they felt inferior?

8. Why didn't Moriyama applaud his student's maturing talent as an artist?

9. How does Ono acquire his house for less than half its value?

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

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

We meet Taro Saito only briefly in this story, and yet Ishiguro establishes a clear personality for him through his actions and conversation. What do you know about Taro? How do you learn it? Analyze this character based on the information you have.

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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