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 kind of power is the Town apparently running on?

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

3. Where is the shadow when the narrator comes to visit him at the beginning of Chapter 32?

4. Where does the narrator take the librarian on his last morning?

5. How long does the narrator say it will take him to read out the Librarian's mind?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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.

3. Explain what the Colonel tells the narrator about the digging of the hole in Chapter 30.

4. Why does the librarian wake the narrator up in the middle of the night at the beginning of Chapter 37? Explain what happens and how the librarian and narrator react.

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

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

7. How does the narrator's shadow say he developed his plan of escape in Chapter 38?

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

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

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

In Chapter 37, the narrator says he was born by the sea and liked to collect things washed on shore by the typhoon. He says his life has always been about "gathering up the junk, sorting through it, and then casting it off somewhere else. All for no purpose...". Explain how the narrator's current life is this way and draw parallels between this and the people in the Town.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Explain some of the main characteristics of existentialist literature and describe how Murakami's novel is similar.

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