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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 does Matsuda describe the contribution he and Ono made?
2. What is the mood of Moriyama's paintings?
3. Why does Ono admire Sugimura?
4. What happened to Moriyama after Ono left his school?
5. What does Matsuda say the world sees when they look at Ono and Matsuda now that the war is behind them?
Short Essay Questions
1. How has Ichiro changed in the year since Ono last saw him?
2. How does Ono believe a teacher should regard his students diverging from his teachings?
3. What do we learn about Setsuko from Ono's conversation with Matsuda?
4. Why didn't Moriyama applaud his student's maturing talent as an artist?
5. What European influences distinguished Moriyama's work from Utamaro's?
6. What happened to Moriyama's best student, Sasaki?
7. What effect did Moriyama try to create in his paintings?
8. After re-establishing contact with Matsuda during Noriko's marriage negotiations, what contact have Ono and Matsuda had before Matsuda dies?
9. What has changed since 1948 in regards to Ono's painting?
10. Ono recalls the influence of Moriyama on his own behavior. What does he say he adopted from his teacher?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 3
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?
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