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. What question does Setsuko's husband, Suichi, persist in asking?

2. What quality does Ono say the arguments and banter of the old days always had?

3. Why is Ono surprised that Shintaro has not confided in him?

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

5. Why does Ono's wife object to being investigated to get the house?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Ono lose respect for Shintaro?

3. Why didn't Ono object to Noriko's marriage into a family that was below their station?

4. Why does Ono say he would never forgive himself if he became like his father?

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

6. How does Saito regard the demonstrations in the streets?

7. Why does Enchi treat Ono in such a friendly way when he arrives to visit Kuroda?

8. What does Noriko accuse Ono of when he is working in the garden?

9. Why does Ono feel compelled to confess his activities during the war during the miai?

10. What is surprising about Noriko's comments to Setsuko about Ono?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The constancy of change is a theme in this novel. Select a secondary character such as Shintaro, Matsuda, or Kuroda and analyze the changes they undergo as the story progresses.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Ono expresses the belief that his confession of guilt about his war activities rescued the miai from discomfort, and made relaxed social interaction possible. Do you think other characters would have the same opinion? Would things look different from another perspective? Tell the story of the miai from Noriko's point of view.

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