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 Librarian compare the sounds of the accordion to at the beginning of Chapter 36?

2. What does the Caretaker of the Power Station make for his guests in Chapter 28?

3. What does the Librarian say is the key to finding her mind?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the scene when the narrator first enters the laundromat.

2. What is "the encyclopedia wand"?

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

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

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

6. 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.

7. Describe the taxi that picks up the narrator and the chubby girl after the exit from the underground in Chapter 31.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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