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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 is the last thing the shadow tells the narrator?
2. What does the chubby girl begin reading in the narrator's apartment?
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. Who does the Caretaker say comes to visit until the beginning of autumn?
5. What does the shadow call the process of removing the discharges of mind that rise each day?
Short Essay Questions
1. Explain what the Colonel tells the narrator about the digging of the hole in Chapter 30.
2. How does the narrator's shadow say he developed his plan of escape in Chapter 38?
3. Describe how the narrator's shadow is living at the beginning of Chapter 32.
4. Describe the significance of the music in Chapter 36.
5. What does the narrator do after arriving in his apartment in Chapter 31?
6. How does the Caretaker of the Power Station feel about the musical instruments?
7. Describe the scene when the narrator first enters the laundromat.
8. What does the narrator tell the librarian about why he got divorced?
9. How does the narrator explain his decision in Chapter 40?
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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Giving specific details from the story, explain how Murakami leaves the novel somewhat open-ended and explain what you think might have happened to each of the narrators.
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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