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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 will the baby's condition be better known?

2. Bird and Himiko reminisce about ____________________________.

3. From where does Bird call his mother-in-law?

4. What does the person in #54 give Bird before he leaves?

5. Bird encounters a man whose baby has no ________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is significant about Bird's hangover and vomiting in class?

2. In what ways could the women at the maternity hospital be symbolized as angels?

3. Who are the people who Bird encounters when he gets to the maternity hospital?

4. What advice does Bird's mother-in-law give him regarding visiting his wife?

5. Where does Bird go after leaving his father-in-law's office?

6. What does Bird notice about the women watching from the windows of the maternity hospital?

7. What seems to exaggerate Bird's feelings of inadequacy at the arcade?

8. What is important foreshadowing regarding the tests of strength and Bird's encounter with the gang?

9. Describe the nature of Bird's brief encounter with the transvestite on the street.

10. Describe the altercation Bird has with a student in his class after Bird vomits.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the overall setting setting for the novel? Be sure to include geography, time period and any pertinent popular culture events. Why did Oe choose to use these places in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the internal conflict Bird feels about his life. Does he not want to be married? Does he not want a child? Does he really just want to run away to Africa and forget his responsibilities? Why did Bird engage in a relationship with his wife if he was not ready?

Essay Topic 3

Create a character study of Bird. What are his physical characteristics? What are his motivations? What are his fears? What are his dreams? What else can you say about Bird?

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