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 was supposed to happen on the 2nd at noon?

2. What does the narrator first encounter on his map-making investigations?

3. Where does the woman tell the narrator that he'll find her grandfather's lab?

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

5. How does the narrator get home from the old man's office at the beginning of Chapter 7?

Short Essay Questions

1. Briefly describe the memory the narrator has while climbing the underground tower with the chubby girl.

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

3. What does the narrator realize in Chapter 17 about Junior's reference to a "time bomb"?

4. Describe where the narrator's shadow lives.

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

6. Explain where the narrator is at the beginning of Chapter 1 and what he spends his time doing.

7. Why does the Professor say in Chapter 25 that he gave the narrator the data to shuffle with the terminal program?

8. What do you know about the Wall surrounding the Town based on your readings in Chapter 10?

9. Describe the Collection Room.

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

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

Consider the fact that the narrator in Chapter 37 says that he's never chosen to do anything of his own free will. Plead for or against the truth of this statement by contrasting it with the choices the narrator makes about his own life leading up to the end of the novel.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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