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 had Ono completed the same week he received the award?

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

3. What does Matsuda say the smell of burning means now that the war is over?

4. What does Ono tell Ichiro about why men drink sake?

5. How does Ono evaluate Naguchi's suicide?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Ono expresses the belief that his confession of guilt about his war activities rescued the miai from discomfort, and made relaxed social interaction possible. Do you think other characters would have the same opinion? Would things look different from another perspective? Tell the story of the miai from Noriko's point of view.

Essay Topic 3

What do you make of the fact that Ono's paintings are not on display even in his own home, and that he will not show them even to his own grandson? What does it tell you that Ono will not draw or paint with Ichiro, although he encourages the boy to draw? What does it tell you that at the end of the story he tells Matsuda that he is painting again? Analyze what Ono's art work means to him in the context of these facts.

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