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 is always somewhere in a Moriyama painting?

2. Why is Ono surprised at Setsuko's view of Noriko's marriage negotiation?

3. How does Ono find his old friend upon his second visit?

4. Why does Ono quit painting for such a long time?

5. How does Setsuko think Saito felt about Ono?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Ono console himself that he did not visit his old friend as often as he had intended to?

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

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

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

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

10. What does Matsuda say the smell of burning most likely means now that the war is long over?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Moriyama said that the floating world disappears with dawn and sobriety. His work was to try to capture and validate the beauty of that world. But the phrase "floating world" means more. What else does the phrase represent? Why do you think Ishiguro chose it for the title?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

First, Shintaro calls Ono a traitor. Second, we learn about the artwork that has made him call his friend a traitor. Third, we learn of Matsuda's persuasive conversation that induced Ono to change his painting style, and fourth, we learn that the work resulted in his expulsion from Moriyama's tutelage. Analyze the way the clarity of the story is affected by this type of organization. Why do you think Ishiguro chose not to tell is story in simple chronological order? What effect does dealing with time in this way have on you as a reader?

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