An Artist of the Floating World Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Taro Saito feel about the demonstrations in the streets?

2. Why does Ono enjoy Shintaro's company?

3. Why does Ono believe the Miyakes withdrew their offer of marriage?

4. Why does Ono decide to watch Metsuo during the miai?

5. What does Ono think about the spirit of the old floating world?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Ono worried about Kuroda's attitude now?

2. What is the difference in Noriko's behavior between her first and second miai?

3. What does Shintaro ask Ono to do for him?

4. How does the Bridge of Hesitation get its name?

5. Why is it unlikely that the Miyakes withdrew from marriage negotiations because they felt inferior?

6. How does the Migi-Hidari show its loyalty to the emperor?

7. How does Ono persuade the authorities that the Migi-Hidari should be built in the pleasure district?

8. What is the likely reason for Miyake's sudden withdrawal from the marriage negotiations?

9. Ono says that he would not have made his admission of guilt at the miai had he not felt compelled to do so. What social situation compelled him?

10. Why does Suichi become angry at Kenji's funeral ceremony?

Essay Topics

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

Moriyama said that the floating world disappears with dawn and sobriety. His work was to try to capture and validate the beauty of that world. But the phrase "floating world" means more. What else does the phrase represent? Why do you think Ishiguro chose it for the title?

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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