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

2. What does Ono hope his own students will do?

3. When did Saito first meet Ono?

4. What shows European influences on Moriyama?

5. How does Sugimura plan to leave his mark on the city forever?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Matsuda say about his own perspective now that he is old and ill?

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

3. What effect did Moriyama try to create in his paintings?

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

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

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

7. How has Ichiro changed in the year since Ono last saw him?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many questions in this story are left unanswered or answered only by implication. Did Ono's father burn his paintings? Did Moriyama burn his paintings? Why did the Miyakes withdraw from the marriage negotiations? Discuss such subtleties and ambiguities as a stylistic device for you as a reader. Do you find it intriguing? Frustrating? Both? Neither? For instance, how would the story have been different if the author had simply said, "The Miyakes withdrew abruptly from the marriage negotiations when they talked to Kuroda and learned that Ono had turned him in to the patriotism committee," or "My father tried to teach me that art was an unacceptable career choice by burning my paintings."

Essay Topic 2

Twice in the story, authority figures burned Ono's paintings. Compare the two situations. Did they have the same purpose? Were they trying to help the young man or hurt him? How do you know? Use textual evidence to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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