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. When Kafka wakes from his blackout, who does he first call for help?

3. Who does Nakata remind Hoshino of?

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

5. After Nakata murders Johnny Walker, what changes about him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What arrangements does Colonel Sanders make for Nakata and Hoshino while the police are on their manhunt?

2. What happens with Mrs. Saeki sleepwalks into Kafka's bedroom?

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

4. What does Kafka decide to do with his life after emerging from Limbo?

5. How does Mrs. Saeki react when Kafka confronts her about the possibility that she is his mother?

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

7. What happens to Nakata when Mrs. Saeki rests her hands against his chest?

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

9. What book did Mrs.Saeki write after collecting interviews?

10. What hypothesis does Doctor Shigenori Tsukayama make about what happened to the school children in the woods?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

When Kafka was a young boy, his father made two prophecies about him. First, explain what the two prophecies were and what Kafka's reactions were to the prophecies. Then, explain whether or not these prophecies came true, and what the reader learned about Kafka through this process.

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

The face of evil took many different forms in this novel - Johnny Walker, Colonel Sanders, and the white salamander. First, describe how each of these creatures embodied the force of evil. Then, explain why each of these beings was so intent on opening the entrance stone.

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