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, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What's the weather like when the Librarian and the narrator set out for the Power Station?

2. What does the narrator first notice about the musical instruments?

3. How many people are at the laundromat when the narrator arrives?

4. What bodily function does the narrator find himself pondering in the escape route from the underground?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain what the narrator thinks about the stars as he is making his way through the underground escape route towards the end of Chapter 29.

2. What is "the encyclopedia wand"?

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

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

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

6. How does the narrator whistling "I Go to Pieces" in Chapter 29 relate to the overall storyline?

7. Explain the importance of belief as described in Chapter 34.

8. Explain the parallels between the video game the narrator plays at the beginning of Chapter 35 and his life.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain how "shuffling" is done and the significance of this process for the novel's exploration of consciousness.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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

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