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 shows European influences on Moriyama?

2. What happened to Moriyama after Ono left his school?

3. How does Setsuko think Saito felt about Ono?

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

5. Why does Matsuda envy Ono?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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?

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

7. Ono recalls the influence of Moriyama on his own behavior. What does he say he adopted from his teacher?

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

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

10. The reader learns some news about Noriko at the same time Matsuda does. What is the news?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are several places in this story where a character's speech does not reflect their actual opinions. Setsuko's conversations with her father are examples. Select and analyze a scene where you are able to establish that what is being said is not genuine. How do you know? How is the writer able to convey that double message to you as a reader?

Essay Topic 2

Twice in the story, authority figures burned Ono's paintings. Compare the two situations. Did they have the same purpose? Were they trying to help the young man or hurt him? How do you know? Use textual evidence to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

Ishguro uses political diction when describing the art world. When a student artist went against his teacher's style, he was called a "traitor," and his work an act of "treachery." Such students were banished from the fellowship of their fellow artists. What does this type of language tell you about the social or political world in which Ono lived? Is art important for political purposes?

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