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. The narrator begins Chapter 5 with a lengthy discussion about the quality of which object?

2. Why does the narrator say he drinks so much?

3. Where does the librarian say the unicorn skull was lost while recounting the story of Professor Petrov in Chapter 9?

4. Why does the narrator think about the job he's doing as a dream reader?

5. What do the scientists compare the mind to in explaining the use of his consciousness to the narrator in Chapter 11?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does the chubby girl think her grandfather's lab hasn't been broken into in Chapter 21?

4. What does the Colonel tell the narrator about the Woods and the Woodspeople in Chapter 14?

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

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

7. Describe the Collection Room.

8. How does the narrator imagine his retirement in Chapter 13?

9. What information does the chubby girl in pink get from reading her grandfather's notebook in Chapter 19?

10. Explain what "The End of the World" is according to the Professor's explanation in Chapter 25.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Describe the author's attention to the physical needs of the characters in each storyline and explain how Murakami's depictions add to the overall effect of the story.

Essay Topic 3

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

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