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 Gatekeeper say about the narrator's questions?

2. Which landmark does the narrator describe in detail at the beginning of Chapter 4?

3. What did the narrator loose upon arriving in the Town?

4. What do Junior and Big Boy do to the narrator, saying they have no choice?

5. Where do the narrator and the Librarian look for a musical instrument?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Junior tell the narrator to tell the System about their visit and the wound? Why?

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

6. Describe where the narrator's shadow lives.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the video game the Tokyo narrator plays while waiting for his date with the librarian and draw parallels to his own situation. Describe the video game the Tokyo narrator plays while waiting for his date with the librarian and draw parallels to his own situation.

Essay Topic 2

Using the death of the beasts, the death of shadows and the prospect of the Tokyo narrator's own death as examples, explain how Murakami presents the theme of mortality in the novel.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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