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 does Matsuda describe the contribution he and Ono made?

2. What goal had Ono and Matsuda shared in the old days?

3. Why does Ono come to admire Moriyama's treatment of his students?

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

5. What is always somewhere in a Moriyama painting?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How has Ichiro changed in the year since Ono last saw him?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The Bridge of Hesitation is an important symbol in this story and Ono says that he spends a great deal of time there. What does the bridge represent? Are there various possible meanings? Consider the fact that in the midst of the destruction of much of the area, the bridge remained.

Essay Topic 3

Young Miyake tells Ono what he believes is "the greatest cowardice of all." Later, Ono explains what he believes to be the greatest cowardice. Analyze the similarities and differences between their points of view. Do these stated opinions influence Ono? If so, how? Is cowardice or courage a matter of importance to him?

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