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 Girlfriend tell the Main Character just before she shows him her ears for the first time?

2. What does the Strange Man tell the Main Character about the object seen through the magnifying glass?

3. What does the Rat send to the Main Character along with his first letter?

4. What music does the Main Character recall hearing during his time with the person who dies were together?

5. What does the Main Character see when he uses the magnifying glass?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of the Rat's second letter?

2. Describe the Strange Man.

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

4. Is the Boss a respectable person?

5. Describe the Limo Driver.

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

7. What is the meaning of the chapter title "Wednesday Afternoon Picnic?"

8. What do the woman's beautiful ears indicate about her?

9. Why is the sex between the Main Character and the woman with the beautiful ears important?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Will, the Gain, and the empire define the existence of the Sheep in A Wild Sheep Chase.

1) Explain how the Will, the Gain, and the empire come into existence in the novel.

2) Explain what situations could have existed or occurred that would have prevented these things from occurring.

3) Analyze how the Will, the Gain, and the empire in the novel relate to the world you live in.

Essay Topic 2

Haruki Murakami makes specific choices about what information to include about each character in A Wild Sheep Chase.

1) Imagine that the characters of J, the Business Partner, or the Girl Who'd Sleep with Anyone were not included in the story and explain the impact this would have on the story.

2) What additional information about any single character would have significantly changed the novel? Explain.

3) Is the ex-wife, the Business Partner or the Limo Driver most important to the novel's message? Explain with support from the book.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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