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 is the old man working on in Chapter 3?

3. In what way does the Professor say the mind is like Alice in Wonderland?

4. Where does the narrator put the skull he's received from the old man?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Colonel tell the narrator about the Woods and the Woodspeople in Chapter 14?

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

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

4. Describe the Collection Room.

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

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

7. Describe where the narrator's shadow lives.

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

9. What does the Colonel tell the narrator about the beasts' death in Chapter 20?

10. Describe the process for reading dreams.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe what the narrator refers to in Chapter 35 as "despair", "disillusionment" and "hell" and explain why he says he's unable to create a better life for himself.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the Tokyo narrator's escapist tendencies, giving several concrete examples.

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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