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 use to pierce the narrator's eyes in Chapter 4?

2. What is the second book the narrator reads towards the end of Chapter 15?

3. What event makes the beasts all stop what they are doing and move simultaneously in one direction in Chapter 2?

4. What do the girl and the narrator appear to be walking on after the rock slab?

5. What does the narrator count while in the elevator at the beginning of Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the Collection Room.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain what the Townspeople, the shadow and the Professor say about the beasts and use these varying viewpoints to explain the role unicorns play in the novel as a whole.

Essay Topic 2

Explain how the Dreamreader finds out that the Librarian still has traces of mind and the significance this has for his own life.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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