An Artist of the Floating World Test | Final 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. When Ono and Matsuda examine their lives, what do they see, according to Matsuda?

2. What does the visiting Gisaburo say about nights in the floating world?

3. How do the art students treat Sasaki when he changes his style?

4. What qualities does Ono claim he shared with Matsuda when they were younger?

5. How many students has Moriyama had at his villa?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the smell of burning still make Ono uneasy while he is relaxing in Matsuda's garden?

2. What does Matsuda say the smell of burning most likely means now that the war is long over?

3. Why does Ono admire Sugimura's work on Kawabe Park, even though Sugimura failed to accomplish his goals?

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

5. How does Ono explain Naguchi's suicide to Ichiro?

6. How does Ono console himself that he did not visit his old friend as often as he had intended to?

7. Why does Ono approve of his teacher's distancing himself from his students' discussions?

8. What European influences distinguished Moriyama's work from Utamaro's?

9. When does Ono achieve his greatest feeling of triumph?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ishiguro devotes a great deal of description to the physical venues of Ono's city. Take the point of view of a reporter who is visiting the city to report on its postwar condition in 1948. As a reporter, what would you say about the parks? The homes? The pleasure district? If you returned in 1950, what would you report? Have there been significant changes? In your second paragraph, take the point of view of the same reporter returning after two years to observe the physical differences. What is still there? What is gone? What is there that wasn't before?

Essay Topic 2

What do you make of the fact that Ono's paintings are not on display even in his own home, and that he will not show them even to his own grandson? What does it tell you that Ono will not draw or paint with Ichiro, although he encourages the boy to draw? What does it tell you that at the end of the story he tells Matsuda that he is painting again? Analyze what Ono's art work means to him in the context of these facts.

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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