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 adjectives best describes Hoshino's speech?

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

3. What is the name of the young boy who did NOT awaken after the mushroom incident in the woods?

4. Where does Johnny Walker keep the severed heads of the cats he has sacrificed?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does Nakata react to Johnny Walker's request to kill him?

9. What note does Sakura leave for Kafka when she leaves for work in the morning?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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