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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. Why did Fushimizu Shu suddenly stop making movies?

2. At the end of this section, what impelled Kurosawa to walk out on the studio?

3. What emotion did Mifune Toshiro choose to present in his audition from Akira Kurosawa?

4. Which individual's death does Kurosawa not describe in the book?

5. How did film-goers know that a particular night shot in Sugata Sanshiro was shot during the day?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Kurosawa trying to evoke, visually, with Rashomon?

2. How did Akira's brother die?

3. How did Yanamoto help Akira grow as a director?

4. What was the talent like at the PCL?

5. What character flaw does Akira Kurosawa admit to at the end of Something Like an Autobiography?

6. What demands did Kurosawa make of his actresses in The Most Beautiful?

7. How did One Wonderful Sunday reunite Akira and Mr. Tachikawa?

8. How is Akira Kurosawa angered by the state of Japan's film industry?

9. Why does Kurosawa think Sugata Sanshiro, Part II, was a failure?

10. Describe the incident with the censor and the gate?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Akira Kurosawa makes a series of honest admissions about his personal failings throughout his autobiography, but he invariably includes a defense of these faults in the course of the admission. Write an essay about three such admissions and their defenses:

Part 1) What is the exact nature of Akira Kurosawa's physical weakness? How does it affect his ability to succeed in certain realms? Couched in his admission that he was physically weak, what strengths does the author assert? Discuss the physical exploits that Akira insists he accomplished as a teenager.

Part 2) When discussing the beginning of his directing career, Akira admits that he is a stubborn man with an awful temper. Why does he feel the need to tell the reader this? Does is inform some of the bold and often ill-conceived decisions he makes on set? Does it add some context to his unbridled success?

Part 3) At the very end of SOMETHING LIKE AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY, Kurosawa admits to being a fantastic egotist. What indications of this fact are there throughout the narrative of the book? What final act of egotistical indignation perfectly illustrates this self-regard? How has it served him well in his early career?

Essay Topic 2

When Akira Kurosawa began to establish himself in the film industry, the War was still going on and a group of Japanese censors were reviewing his films. Write an essay about his conflicts with the censors. What specific issues do the censors have with his early pictures? How does he respond to these issues? Discuss the way Kurosawa describes the censors int he text. How did the conflict between the censors and Kurosawa end with the War?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about Akira Kurosawa as an outsider in his own life. Begin by discussing his earliest memories, how he has transformed them into mini-films. What other situations from his early childhood have become fodder for his films? Discuss how his early life is marked by an analytical appraisal. Why is he able to so easily dissect his though process in deeply emotional moments from this period?

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