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 does the Librarian compare looking for her mind to?

2. What does the narrator ask the Librarian to do for him when he is finished reading skulls?

3. Where does the shadow tell the narrator they're going?

4. What does the narrator compare his world to while climbing through the escape route in Chapter 29?

5. What one thing does the chubby girl say to the narrator that eases his mind as they are swimming to the exit of the underground?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the Caretaker of the Power Station feel about the musical instruments?

2. What does the narrator tell the librarian about why he got divorced?

3. What doubts about leaving the Town does the narrator voice to his shadow in Chapter 32?

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

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

6. What does the chubby girl plan to do once the narrator loses consciousness, and why?

7. 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.

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

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

10. Given what the narrator tells his shadow about why he plans to stay, what do you think he plans to do with his time in the Town?

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

Giving specific details from the story, explain how Murakami leaves the novel somewhat open-ended and explain what you think might have happened to each of the narrators.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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