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 Professor use the paperclips for?

2. What does the narrator's shadow suggest the two do so they don't get separated?

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

4. Where does the chubby girl say her grandfather has gone?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is "the encyclopedia wand"?

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

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

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. 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?

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

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

8. 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.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using the death of the beasts, the death of shadows and the prospect of the Tokyo narrator's own death as examples, explain how Murakami presents the theme of mortality in the novel.

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

Explain how "shuffling" is done and the significance of this process for the novel's exploration of consciousness.

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