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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 woman ask the narrator to put on at the beginning of Chapter 3?
2. What does the Colonel give the narrator as winter approaches in Chapter 14?
3. How does the Professor explain the fact that the narrator was the only test subject that didn't die.
4. What does the Colonel say dying might be for the beasts?
5. What does the librarian try to get the narrator to hear while they are lying in bed?
Short Essay Questions
1. Give a brief description of the beasts introduced in Chapter 2.
2. What does the Colonel tell the narrator about the Woods and the Woodspeople in Chapter 14?
3. What does the Colonel tell the narrator about the beasts' death in Chapter 20?
4. Describe the differences between Western and Eastern unicorns as presented in Chapter 9.
5. Explain the significance of the paperclips in Chapter 21.
6. What is the source of the noise that dominates the first half of Chapter 23?
7. Explain the narrator's reaction to the skull the Professor gives him as a gift.
8. What does the narrator's conversation with the Librarian about where he came from tell the reader about the nature of the Town?
9. Describe the Colonel and his relationship to the narrator.
10. What do you know about the narrator's job based on your reading of Chapter 3?
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
Write a detailed characterization of Murakami's use of literary and musical references, describing his choice of usage and explaining how these choices add to the development of the characters.
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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