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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 kindness does Matsuda perform for Ono?

2. What phrase does Ono tell his pupils that is similar to what Moriyama has said?

3. What news does Ono give Matsuda about Setsuko?

4. How does Setsuko think Saito felt about Ono?

5. How do the art students treat Sasaki when he changes his style?

Short Essay Questions

1. What effect did Moriyama try to create in his paintings?

2. The reader learns some news about Noriko at the same time Matsuda does. What is the news?

3. What does Matsuda say the smell of burning most likely means now that the war is long over?

4. What does Ono say the New Japan proved about him and about Matsuda?

5. Why does Ono approve of his teacher's distancing himself from his students' discussions?

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

7. What European influences distinguished Moriyama's work from Utamaro's?

8. What does Matsuda say about his own perspective now that he is old and ill?

9. Why is Ono irritated at Setsuko's insistence that Saito never heard of Ono until the miai?

10. How does Ono console himself that he did not visit his old friend as often as he had intended to?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What do you make of the fact that Ono's paintings are not on display even in his own home, and that he will not show them even to his own grandson? What does it tell you that Ono will not draw or paint with Ichiro, although he encourages the boy to draw? What does it tell you that at the end of the story he tells Matsuda that he is painting again? Analyze what Ono's art work means to him in the context of these facts.

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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