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 famous artist is discovered stabbed to death in his home on the day fish fall from the sky?

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

3. What does Dr. Shigenori Tsukayama conclude happened to the children in the clearing?

4. What is the name of the library where Mrs. Saeki works?

5. During what year did the children pass out in the woods?

Short Essay Questions

1. What confession does Oshima make when the stern women accuse him of being misogynistic?

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

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

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

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

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

7. Who is Sakura?

8. What does Hoshino do during the time that Nakata sleeps at their hotel?

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

10. Who is Hoshino, and why does he decide to take Nakata on the road with him?

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

Nakata, like Kafka, is a man haunted by his past. First, describe the event that altered Nakata's life forever. Then, explain how this disastrous event affected Nakata's life into adulthood. What ailments continued to plague Nakata long after the event occurred?

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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