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. When Ono and Matsuda examine their lives, what do they see, according to Matsuda?

2. How does Sugimura plan to leave his mark on the city forever?

3. What traits does Ono observe that Ichiro has inherited from his mother?

4. How does Ichiro try to be grown-up when he meets Ono in the park?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. After re-establishing contact with Matsuda during Noriko's marriage negotiations, what contact have Ono and Matsuda had before Matsuda dies?

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

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

4. Why does Matsuda say he never married?

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ono recalls a rumor that Sugimura built a long corridor in his house to distance himself from his parents. Analyze Ono's relationship with his own father and with his two mentors, Takeda and Moriyama. Consider also that his daughters have moved at a distance from him, visiting only once a year. What do you think Ishiguro is telling his readers about parent-child relationships? Do you agree with his ideas?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

At the miai, Saito suggests that boys should not be confined, but should be allowed to run free even when they hurt themselves. He uses this as an argument in support of the street demonstrations which he views as legitimate use of freedom of speech. The maturation of boys to men is a significant theme in this story. The men, from Matsuda arguing with his caregiver, Suzuki, to Ono's arguments with his daughters about Ichiro seeing a scary movie and drinking sake, argue for freedom and the women urge restraint and greater care. Using examples from the text, select one character and write about their maturation process. Ichiro, Kenji, Kuroda, or Ono himself would be good possibilities. Are these developing men symbols of their country as a whole? is it, as Taro Saito suggests, a baby democracy learning how to govern itself?

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