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 looking for her mind to?

2. What day is it when the narrator and the chubby girl finally arrive in the subway system?

3. Why does the Caretaker collect the instruments?

4. Which song does the narrator finally begin to play on the accordion?

5. What does the narrator realize he'll continue to produce at the beginning of Chapter 27?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Describe the Town's power source.

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

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

10. 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.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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 Tokyo narrator's escapist tendencies, giving several concrete examples.

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