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

2. What is it about the poster of Frankfurt at the supermarket that makes the narrator uneasy?

3. What does the Librarian serve at the end of each session?

4. What is the second book the narrator reads towards the end of Chapter 15?

5. Why does the Colonel say the narrator's love for the Librarian may not be prudent?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Which unusual things have you noticed about the Town as described in Chapter 4?

3. What does the Colonel tell the narrator about the beasts' death in Chapter 20?

4. Give a brief description of the beasts introduced in Chapter 2.

5. What does the Gatekeeper have to say about the fact that the narrator got lost in the Woods and fell ill?

6. What do you know about the Pool based on your readings in Chapter 12?

7. Describe the Collection Room.

8. Describe the Colonel and his relationship to the narrator.

9. Explain the narrator's reaction to the skull the Professor gives him as a gift.

10. Describe the differences between Western and Eastern unicorns as presented in Chapter 9.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the first two chapters of the book. In the first chapter, the narrator is stuck in an elevator. In the second chapter, the beasts and the coming of autumn are described. Compare and contrast the tone of both of these chapters.

Essay Topic 2

Explain some of the main characteristics of existentialist literature and describe how Murakami's novel is similar.

Essay Topic 3

Giving specific details from the story, explain how Murakami leaves the novel somewhat open-ended and explain what you think might have happened to each of the narrators.

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