Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does the narrator tell his shadow the Wall is really there to hold in?

2. What does the shadow call the process of removing the discharges of mind that rise each day?

3. What does the shadow say the Town's "exit" is guarded by?

4. Who does the Caretaker say comes to visit until the beginning of autumn?

5. What has happened to the hole the men dug outside the narrator's window?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write a detailed characterization of Murakami's use of literary and musical references, describing his choice of usage and explaining how these choices add to the development of the characters.

Essay Topic 2

Consider the fact that the narrator in Chapter 37 says that he's never chosen to do anything of his own free will. Plead for or against the truth of this statement by contrasting it with the choices the narrator makes about his own life leading up to the end of the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Using the death of the beasts, the death of shadows and the prospect of the Tokyo narrator's own death as examples, explain how Murakami presents the theme of mortality in the novel.

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