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. Why do the people in the laundromat stare at the narrator when he begins drying the clothes?

2. Which of the following does the Colonel NOT give as a possible reason for his work as a soldier?

3. Why does the librarian wake the narrator up in the middle of the night at the beginning of Chapter 37?

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

5. What does the narrator eat with his beer at the beer hall after buying his new clothes?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the significance of the song "Danny Boy" for the narrator's life.

2. Describe the Town's power source.

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

4. How does the Caretaker of the Power Station feel about the musical instruments?

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

6. Why does the narrator say looking for the Librarian's mind is not like looking for raindrops?

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

8. 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.

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

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

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

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

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