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 does Ono want to say to Moriyama if they meet again?

2. What is the last year covered in this story?

3. What had Ono completed the same week he received the award?

4. Why doesn't Miss Suzuki want Matsuda to feed his fish?

5. What is the common subject of Moriyama's paintings?

Short Essay Questions

1. Years ago, Matsuda had accused Ono of having a narrow artist's perspective. What does Ono say about his perspective now that he is retired?

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

3. Why does Matsuda say he never married?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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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