A Wild Sheep Chase Test | Mid-Book 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 does the Main Character see upon arriving home in Chapter 2?

2. Who tells the Main Character about a sheep in Chapter 6?

3. What does the Main Character buy after speaking with the Strange Man in Chapter 22?

4. What does the Rat tell the Main Character in his first letter?

5. Who owns the bar that the Main Character visits in carrying out the Rat's request?

Short Essay Questions

1. Does the Main Character respect the former lover who dies in Chapter 1?

2. What is the cause of the friction between the Strange Man and the Main Character?

3. Does the Main Character trust his new girlfriend?

4. Is the Boss a respectable person?

5. Does the Main Character want to go on the mission for the sheep?

6. What does the way the Main Character responds to the death of his former lover in Chapter 1 reveal about him?

7. Describe the location of the Boss's home.

8. Why are sheep important in Japan's history?

9. How does the Strange Man convince the Business Partner to meet his demands?

10. Describe the Rat's relationship to the Main Character.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Imagine that A Wild Sheep Chase is told from a strictly historical perspective rather that with the surreal quality. In other words, that science is used to explain any mystical events in the novel. How would this impact the message of the story, the growth of the characters and the experience of the readers? Do you feel this could be effectively accomplished?

Essay Topic 2

Which character do you feel makes the greatest sacrifice in the novel? Analyze and support your answer with evidence from the book.

Essay Topic 3

The surreal quality of A Wild Sheep Chase is at times enhanced and at times contradicted by the use of setting in the novel. Select two settings that play an important role to the creation of the surreal feeling of the story. Compare and contrast them.

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