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. Why doesn't Ono go to Moriyama's villa?

2. Why does Matsuda envy Ono?

3. What kindness does Matsuda perform for Ono?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. After re-establishing contact with Matsuda during Noriko's marriage negotiations, what contact have Ono and Matsuda had before Matsuda dies?

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

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

5. What has changed since 1948 in regards to Ono's painting?

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

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

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

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

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

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

The constancy of change is a theme in this novel. Select a secondary character such as Shintaro, Matsuda, or Kuroda and analyze the changes they undergo as the story progresses.

Essay Topic 3

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."

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