Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World 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 do the girl and the narrator find half-way up the tower?

2. What does the Gatekeeper say about the narrator's questions?

3. When the chubby girl and the narrator reach the lab, what does the chubby girl realize?

4. What did the Professor take with him when he left the System?

5. What happens to the dead beasts?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the source of the noise that dominates the first half of Chapter 23?

2. What is "the encyclopedia wand"?

3. Why does the narrator say looking for the Librarian's mind is not like looking for raindrops?

4. Why does the librarian wake the narrator up in the middle of the night at the beginning of Chapter 37? Explain what happens and how the librarian and narrator react.

5. What does the Librarian say she particularly remembers about her mother in Chapter 22? How does the narrator explain this memory?

6. How does the narrator explain his decision in Chapter 40?

7. What does the narrator say in Chapter 37 about "...tuning in on the particulars of the world" and why is that important?

8. Describe the Town's power source.

9. Describe the Collection Room.

10. Describe the process for reading dreams.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Explain how the phrase "the End of the World" is used to link the two storylines together and explain what the end of the world really is.

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 37, the narrator says he was born by the sea and liked to collect things washed on shore by the typhoon. He says his life has always been about "gathering up the junk, sorting through it, and then casting it off somewhere else. All for no purpose...". Explain how the narrator's current life is this way and draw parallels between this and the people in the Town.

Essay Topic 3

Describe what the narrator refers to in Chapter 35 as "despair", "disillusionment" and "hell" and explain why he says he's unable to create a better life for himself.

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