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. Which of the following characters suggests that Nakata finds the other half of his soul?

2. What career path made Adolf Eichmann famous?

3. Why do the two stern women complain about the bathrooms at the public library?

4. What does Sakura do for a living?

5. What does Oshima warn Kafka about the woods surrounding his cabin?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what state does Oshima find Kafka when he returns to the cabin to bring Kafka home?

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

3. What warning does Oshima give to Kafka before dropping him off at the cabin in the woods?

4. What is Goma?

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

6. What does the elementary school teacher admit is the truth of what happened to Nakata in the woods?

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

8. How does Kafka react to the presence of the young woman's spirit in his bedroom?

9. What does Johnny Walker keep stored in his walk-in freezer?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

As a boy, Tamura decides that he would like to change his name to Kafka. First, describe how Tamura chose this name for himself. Then, compare / contrast the character of Kafka from the novel with the man whose name he borrowed, Franz Kafka. What is the same about these men? What is different? Finally, explain whether or not you think Kafka is an appropriate name for the protagonist of this novel, and why.

Essay Topic 3

When the entrance stone is turned, it draws together two wandering souls - Mrs. Saeki and Nakata. First, describe the lives Mrs. Saeki and Nakata had been living before the stone was turned. Then, explain how Mrs. Saeki and Nakata complete each other, and what the effects of their final meeting were.

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