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 suggest be built for the beasts?

2. What does the Professor say will happen in regards to the narrator's three cognitive circuits?

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

4. The skull from which the narrator is supposed to read the first dream in Chapter 6 is from what animal?

5. What does the narrator notice about the woman that he follows down the corridor?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain the significance of the song "Danny Boy" for the narrator's life.

3. What does the narrator say in Chapter 37 about "...tuning in on the particulars of the world" and why is that important?

4. What is "the encyclopedia wand"?

5. What information does the chubby girl in pink get from reading her grandfather's notebook in Chapter 19?

6. Describe the differences between Western and Eastern unicorns as presented in Chapter 9.

7. Describe the Town's power source.

8. What does the narrator say he plans to do with the Librarian's mind once he has read it?

9. Explain what the Professor says is a way out of the situation the narrator finds himself in in Chapter 27 and why it would work.

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Name some elements of the "archetypal journey" and explain how the "Hard-Boiled Wonderland" narrator's passage through the Tokyo underground was an archetypal journey.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the Town and explain how Murakami's characterization of this place relates to the overall theme of the mind.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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