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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 does Ono admire Sugimura?

2. How have the students behaved watching Moriyama paint?

3. What happened to Moriyama after Ono left his school?

4. How long after their initial reconnection had Ono visited his old friend?

5. What does Ono want to say to Moriyama if they meet again?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Ono answer Ichiro's question about why men drink sake?

3. When does Ono achieve his greatest feeling of triumph?

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

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

6. How does Ono explain Naguchi's suicide to Ichiro?

7. Why did Moriyama's students never comment directly to him about his paintings?

8. 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?

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

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

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

At the miai, Saito suggests that boys should not be confined, but should be allowed to run free even when they hurt themselves. He uses this as an argument in support of the street demonstrations which he views as legitimate use of freedom of speech. The maturation of boys to men is a significant theme in this story. The men, from Matsuda arguing with his caregiver, Suzuki, to Ono's arguments with his daughters about Ichiro seeing a scary movie and drinking sake, argue for freedom and the women urge restraint and greater care. Using examples from the text, select one character and write about their maturation process. Ichiro, Kenji, Kuroda, or Ono himself would be good possibilities. Are these developing men symbols of their country as a whole? is it, as Taro Saito suggests, a baby democracy learning how to govern itself?

Essay Topic 3

What difference do you see in the way Ono interacts with his daughters and his grandson and the way Noriko describes his earlier behavior as a father? Do you trust her description? Do you think he has changed? Analyze Ono's development as a father based on his daughters' responses to him.

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