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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. How many head of sheep does the livestock inspector say are in the town of Junitaki?
2. What do the Girlfriend and the Main Character do after planning their strategy for hunting the sheep?
3. Where did the Sheep Professor once work?
4. Who does the Main Character discover is originally from Hokkaido?
5. What do the Main Character, the Girlfriend and the person who comes to pick up the cat discuss early in Chapter 24?
Short Essay Questions
1. Is the Limo Driver an intelligent man?
2. Explain how the Sheep Professor came to his current state of being.
3. Was the Main Character a good choice for the Strange Man's sheep finding mission?
4. Do the Girlfriend's ears help the quest while staying at the Dolphin Hotel?
5. Is the Sheep Man a part of the physical or the spiritual world?
6. What indicates that the Main Character's journey to Junitaki may be a hazardous one?
7. How does the Sheep Professor's information help the Main Character on his quest?
8. How are the sheep at the sheep farm similar to the people that the Sheep is trying to control?
9. Aside from her powerful ears, is the Girlfriend a help or a hindrance to the Main Character?
10. Who is responsible for the Strange Man's death?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Both the Rat and the Main Character are weak men who undergo transformations during the story.
1) By the end of A Wild Sheep Chase, do you consider the Main Character or the Rat to be the better person?
2) Which character undergoes the greater transformation?
3) If the Rat had come out of this situation alive, what do you think his relationship to the Main Character would be like?
Essay Topic 2
Is it the isolation or the passivity of humans that makes it easiest for the Sheep to control humans? Explain with numerous examples from the novel.
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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