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 many students has Moriyama had at his villa?

2. What brought about the chances in Moriyama's standing?

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

4. What implication does Setsuko make in Noriko's kitchen that offends Ono?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

We meet Taro Saito only briefly in this story, and yet Ishiguro establishes a clear personality for him through his actions and conversation. What do you know about Taro? How do you learn it? Analyze this character based on the information you have.

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