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 first notice about the musical instruments?

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

3. Why don't the Librarian and the narrator talk on the way to the Power Station?

4. What does the narrator say was his "training" for tuning in on a better life?

5. What kind of power is the Town apparently running on?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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.

9. Explain the beasts' feeding habits as observed in Chapter 26.

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 what the Townspeople, the shadow and the Professor say about the beasts and use these varying viewpoints to explain the role unicorns play in the novel as a whole.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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.

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