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 many children were found unconscious in the woods by their elementary school teacher?

2. What type of fish falls from the sky, exactly as prophesied?

3. Who does Nakata remind Hoshino of?

4. Which of the following activities is NOT a part of Kafka's daily routine?

5. What is the first place Kafka visits when he has successfully run away from home?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Crow react to Kafka's fear when he is alone in the cabin in the woods?

3. How does the police officer on duty react to Nakata's confession of stabbing a man to death?

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

5. What information does Kafka provide to Sakura about his sister?

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

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

8. What is Goma?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Kafka is homeless, he lives many places. Choose two of the places Kafka lives after leaving his home and compare / contrast the settings. Then, explain what Kafka learns about himself directly through his experiences in these varied settings.

Essay Topic 2

In the Prologue to this novel, Kafka warns his friend, Crow, that "Fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions." What did Kafka mean when he gave his friend this warning? Explain this quote and give at least two examples from the text that exemplify this theory.

Essay Topic 3

The woods surrounding Oshima's cabin are a place of great wonder to Kafka. First, explain Kafka's initial reaction to the woods and explain how his opinion of this place changed throughout the course of the novel. Then, give at least two examples of lessons Kafka learned about nature due to the time he spent in Oshima's woods.

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