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 Colonel give the narrator as winter approaches in Chapter 14?

2. What does the narrator wish he could be, in thinking about the girl in the Skyline?

3. What was supposed to happen on the 2nd at noon?

4. What does the narrator say he uses his car for in Chapter 7?

5. What do the scientists compare the mind to in explaining the use of his consciousness to the narrator in Chapter 11?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Describe the Collection Room.

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

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

10. Give a brief description of the beasts introduced in Chapter 2.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the author's attention to the physical needs of the characters in each storyline and explain how Murakami's depictions add to the overall effect of the story.

Essay Topic 2

Being as specific as you can, explain the Tokyo narrator's perception of reality as events unfold at the beginning of the book. Did the narrator's reaction to what is happening assist in your suspension of disbelief? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Giving specific details from the story, explain how Murakami leaves the novel somewhat open-ended and explain what you think might have happened to each of the narrators.

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