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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 Ichiro try to be grown-up when he meets Ono in the park?

2. What goal had Ono and Matsuda shared in the old days?

3. What implication does Setsuko make in Noriko's kitchen that offends Ono?

4. When does Ono feel the sense of triumph he had hoped for?

5. What is the "floating world"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Moriyama's students never comment directly to him about his paintings?

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

3. Why does Matsuda say he never married?

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

5. How does Ono believe a teacher should regard his students diverging from his teachings?

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

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

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

9. What stylistic devices does Moriyama copy from the classic artist, Utamaro?

10. Why didn't Moriyama applaud his student's maturing talent as an artist?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Ono recalls a rumor that Sugimura built a long corridor in his house to distance himself from his parents. Analyze Ono's relationship with his own father and with his two mentors, Takeda and Moriyama. Consider also that his daughters have moved at a distance from him, visiting only once a year. What do you think Ishiguro is telling his readers about parent-child relationships? Do you agree with his ideas?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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