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. Where does Sakura's boyfriend live?

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

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

4. Which of the following adjectives best describes the man who calls himself Johnny Walker?

5. How old is Kafka when he decides to 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. What does Hoshino do during the time that Nakata sleeps at their hotel?

3. Who is Colonel Sanders?

4. While wandering through the woods, what disturbing dream does Kafka have about Sakura?

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

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

9. How does Kafka react when he is approached by the Japanese soldiers in Oshima's woods?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Through the use of the entrance stone, Nakata realizes that humans can fully interact with the spirit world. First, explain how Nakata got his hands on the entrance stone. Then, explain how Nakata figured out how to use the entrance stone. Finally, explain what Nakata learned about himself through the use of the entrance stone.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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