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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does the police officer react when Nakata admits to Johnny Walker's murder?
(a) He ignores Nakata completely.
(b) He is confused by the admission.
(c) He does not believe him.
(d) He arrests him immediately.

2. What does Dr. Shigenori Tsukayama conclude happened to the children in the clearing?
(a) They were hypnotized.
(b) They were voodoo victims.
(c) They were poisoned.
(d) They were stabbed.

3. What is the name of the young boy who did NOT awaken after the mushroom incident in the woods?
(a) Oshima.
(b) Hoshimo.
(c) Nakata.
(d) Kafka.

4. Which of the following activities is NOT a part of Kafka's daily routine?
(a) Working out at the gym.
(b) Eating breakfast.
(c) Visiting the library.
(d) Swimming in the ocean.

5. Where does Johnny Walker keep the severed heads of the cats he has sacrificed?
(a) In a display case.
(b) Under his bed.
(c) On his bookshelf.
(d) In the freezer.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the child who discovered the collection of bloody supplies the teacher had been using to clean herself up?

2. What does Nakata claim is the only joy in his life?

3. Which of the following characters says that, "Fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions"?

4. Where does Doctor Nakazawa practice his medicine?

5. When Kafka wakes up in the middle of a blackout, where has he sleepwalked to?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what situation is it possible for a body and soul to become separated without the body dying?

2. What happened to all of Nakata's money after he lost his job?

3. What happened to the elementary school teacher and her class in November, 1944?

4. What trade did Nakata learn when he was in elementary school?

5. Who is Hoshino, and why does he decide to take Nakata on the road with him?

6. What realization does the white cat, Otsuka, make about Nakata?

7. What is Goma?

8. What are the themes of the song "Kafka on the Shore"?

9. What advice does Crow give to Kafka before they run away together?

10. How does Kafka react when Sakura begins telling him about her boyfriend, who lives in Tokyo?

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