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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. Which of Sugimura's plans does Ono believe is "eccentric"?

2. What famous Japanese artist does Moriyama emulate?

3. How does Ono find his old friend upon his second visit?

4. What does Ono say during lunch that frightens Ichiro?

5. Why does Ono believe that the Tortoise or Shintaro will never feel the sort of happiness he felt sitting on the hillside?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Ono recalls the influence of Moriyama on his own behavior. What does he say he adopted from his teacher?

3. What happened to Moriyama's best student, Sasaki?

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

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

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

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

8. Why does Matsuda say he never married?

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

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

Essay Topics

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

The Bridge of Hesitation is an important symbol in this story and Ono says that he spends a great deal of time there. What does the bridge represent? Are there various possible meanings? Consider the fact that in the midst of the destruction of much of the area, the bridge remained.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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