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 remains of Sugimura's planned Kawabe Park?

2. What is Ichiro's favorite food now that he is eight-years-old?

3. Why does the songwriter Naguchi commit suicide?

4. Why had Moriyama been happy with his work looking back on it as an old man?

5. When he learns there will be sake at dinner, what makes Ichiro laugh?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Matsuda say he never married?

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

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

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

8. What does Ono say the New Japan proved about him and about Matsuda?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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?

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