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 buy while in the park?

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

3. 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?

4. What are all the songs on the radio related to the morning the narrator spends at the librarian's house?

5. What song does the narrator begin to whistle in the sewer side vent?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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.

4. Which situation does the narrator define as "despair" in Chapter 33?

5. How does the narrator react to the musical instruments in Chapter 28?

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

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

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

9. What is "the encyclopedia wand"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Name some elements of the "archetypal journey" and explain how the "Hard-Boiled Wonderland" narrator's passage through the Tokyo underground was an archetypal journey.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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