Kafka on the Shore Test | Mid-Book 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. How does Kafka repay Sakura for letting him sleep on her couch?

2. What is the name of the city that Kafka runs away to?

3. How does Nakata react when he sees some bikers beating a man at the truck stop?

4. What request does Johnny Walker make of Nakata?

5. Where is Sakura going when she boards the same bus as Kafka?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Kafka wakes from a blackout at a religious shrine?

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

3. How does Johnny Walker entice Nakata to kill him?

4. How does Kafka spend his first day of freedom in the city?

5. What happened to the man that Mrs. Saeki fell in love with as a teenager?

6. What regimen does Kafka adopt and exercise everyday that he is away from home?

7. Who is Sakura?

8. What complaints do the two serious women make about the library where Oshima and Kafka work?

9. What strange proposition does Johnny Walker make to Nakata?

10. What does Kafka steal from his father before he runs away from home?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Both Kafka and Nakata are inexplicably drawn to Southern Japan in search of healing. First, describe the circumstances that draws each man away from his home. Then, compare / contrast the relief each man finds upon finally reaching his destination.

Essay Topic 2

Mrs. Saeki's song proves to be the thread that unifies all of the story lines in this novel. Choose at least two key elements of Mrs. Saeki's song and explain how these elements tie the story lines of Nakata and Kafka together. Then, explain whether or not you believe Mrs. Saeki's song is significant enough to warrant the title of this novel, and why.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the novel, Oshima states that "imagination is a powerful force". First, explain what Oshima means by this statement. Then, explain how imagination leaves Kafka feeling emotionally responsible for two terrible events that occur, even though he is not physically responsible for them.

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