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. How many people are at the laundromat when the narrator arrives?

2. Why does the narrator rent the car?

3. What does the narrator want to do in light of the situation?

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

5. Why doesn't the Librarian want the narrator to go to the Power Station?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

2. Describe the Town's power source.

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

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

5. What is the significance of the narrator's realization of what the accordion is and how to use it?

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the Town and explain how Murakami's characterization of this place relates to the overall theme of the mind.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the video game the Tokyo narrator plays while waiting for his date with the librarian and draw parallels to his own situation. Describe the video game the Tokyo narrator plays while waiting for his date with the librarian and draw parallels to his own situation.

Essay Topic 3

Explain how the phrase "the End of the World" is used to link the two storylines together and explain what the end of the world really is.

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