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. How did Saito treat Ono during their first encounter?

2. Why does the smell of burning make Ono uneasy?

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

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

5. What does Matsuda's neighbor boy do each day?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Matsuda console himself when thinking of his actions during the war?

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

6. What do we learn about Setsuko from Ono's conversation with Matsuda?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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