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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 doesn't Miss Suzuki want Matsuda to feed his fish?
2. Why does Matsuda think the two men should not blame themselves for their earlier actions?
3. Why doesn't Ono go to Moriyama's villa?
4. What goal had Ono and Matsuda shared in the old days?
5. How does Setsuko think Saito felt about Ono?
Short Essay Questions
1. Ono recalls the influence of Moriyama on his own behavior. What does he say he adopted from his teacher?
2. What stylistic devices does Moriyama copy from the classic artist, Utamaro?
3. How does Ono believe a teacher should regard his students diverging from his teachings?
4. What European influences distinguished Moriyama's work from Utamaro's?
5. Why does the smell of burning still make Ono uneasy while he is relaxing in Matsuda's garden?
6. What does Matsuda say the smell of burning most likely means now that the war is long over?
7. How has Ichiro changed in the year since Ono last saw him?
8. What effect did Moriyama try to create in his paintings?
9. How does Ono answer Ichiro's question about why men drink sake?
10. What does Matsuda say about his own perspective now that he is old and ill?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
What do you see as Ishiguro's overarching theme in this story? Why did he write it? What is he trying to teach, and to whom? Consider the fact that the book was published first in English.
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