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

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

3. When the chubby girl and the narrator reach the lab, what does the chubby girl realize?

4. What did the Gatekeeper say he was when showing the narrator his arsenal at the end of Chapter 2?

5. What kind of watch is Junior wearing?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of the narrator's realization of what the accordion is and how to use it?

2. Describe how the narrator's shadow is living at the beginning of Chapter 32.

3. Why does the Professor say in Chapter 25 that he gave the narrator the data to shuffle with the terminal program?

4. Why does the Librarian say the accordion is "the key" in Chapter 36?

5. Why does the chubby girl think her grandfather's lab hasn't been broken into in Chapter 21?

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

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

8. Describe the scene when the narrator first enters the laundromat.

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

10. Why does the narrator say looking for the Librarian's mind is not like looking for raindrops?

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

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 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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