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's shadow come to the storeroom to get as an excuse to see the narrator in Chapter 10?

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

3. What is the first thing the Professor asks for on seeing his granddaughter and the narrator at the beginning of Chapter 25?

4. What does the narrator realize has hurt him when he wakes up at the beginning of Chapter 16?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What do you know about the narrator's job based on your reading of Chapter 3?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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.

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