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 does the narrator believe after he's slammed into the rock slab at the beginning of Chapter 23?

2. What does the Colonel say will become of the narrator's feelings for his shadow in Chapter 8?

3. What does the narrator tell the librarian to comfort her at the end of Chapter 18?

4. What creatures do the girl and the narrator meet underground?

5. What does the librarian ask for in return for a favor at the library in Chapter 7?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the significance of the paperclips in Chapter 21.

2. Explain how the relationship between the narrator and the young woman develops in Chapter 5.

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

4. Describe where the narrator's shadow lives.

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

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

7. Explain why the Colonel brings up the Librarian in Chapter 16 and what he tells the narrator in regards to her?

8. Describe the procedure the narrator goes through to prepare for shuffling.

9. What does the narrator's conversation with the Librarian about where he came from tell the reader about the nature of the Town?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Name some elements of the "archetypal journey" and explain how the "Hard-Boiled Wonderland" narrator's passage through the Tokyo underground was an archetypal journey.

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

Explain how "shuffling" is done and the significance of this process for the novel's exploration of consciousness.

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