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 narrator's shadow suggest the two do so they don't get separated?

2. What book does the narrator quote when the librarian asks how he sees himself?

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

4. Where does the narrator think it might not be bad to end his life?

5. Why does the librarian wake the narrator up in the middle of the night at the beginning of Chapter 37?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the narrator explain his decision in Chapter 40?

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

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

4. 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.

5. 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.

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

7. Describe the significance of the music in Chapter 36.

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

9. Describe the Town's power source.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the Town and explain how Murakami's characterization of this place relates to the overall theme of the mind.

Essay Topic 2

Consider the first two chapters of the book. In the first chapter, the narrator is stuck in an elevator. In the second chapter, the beasts and the coming of autumn are described. Compare and contrast the tone of both of these chapters.

Essay Topic 3

Explain how the phrase "the End of the World" is used to link the two storylines together and explain what the end of the world really is.

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