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 narrator eat with his beer at the beer hall after buying his new clothes?

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

3. What does the narrator's shadow say he can't do?

4. What does the narrator want to do when he arrives at the Library in Chapter 34?

5. Why does the Gatekeeper leave the narrator alone with his shadow?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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.

3. Describe the Town's power source.

4. 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.

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

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

7. Which situation does the narrator define as "despair" in Chapter 33?

8. What is "the encyclopedia wand"?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Name some elements of the "archetypal journey" and explain how the "Hard-Boiled Wonderland" narrator's passage through the Tokyo underground was an archetypal journey.

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 "shuffling" is done and the significance of this process for the novel's exploration of consciousness.

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