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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 say is the key to finding her mind?
2. What does the librarian notice about the narrator's statements during dinner?
3. Which author does the narrator NOT say he likes to read at dinner?
4. What does the narrator want to do in light of the situation?
5. What does the shadow say the Town's "exit" is guarded by?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the narrator whistling "I Go to Pieces" in Chapter 29 relate to the overall storyline?
2. What does the narrator say in Chapter 37 about "...tuning in on the particulars of the world" and why is that important?
3. What is "the encyclopedia wand"?
4. 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?
5. Describe the scene when the narrator first enters the laundromat.
6. What doubts about leaving the Town does the narrator voice to his shadow in Chapter 32?
7. 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.
8. Why does the narrator say looking for the Librarian's mind is not like looking for raindrops?
9. What does the narrator tell the librarian about why he got divorced?
10. How does the Caretaker of the Power Station feel about the musical instruments?
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
Being as specific as you can, explain the Tokyo narrator's perception of reality as events unfold at the beginning of the book. Did the narrator's reaction to what is happening assist in your suspension of disbelief? Why or why not?
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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