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 request does Johnny Walker make of Nakata?

3. When Doctor Nakazawa first responded to the unconscious children, what did he think happened to them?

4. What is the name of the woods where Oshima owns a cabin?

5. Even though he is mentally challenged, what is Nakata extremely adept at finding?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who is Sakura?

4. What happened to all of Nakata's money after he lost his job?

5. In what state does Oshima find Kafka when he returns to the cabin to bring Kafka home?

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

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

8. What realization does the white cat, Otsuka, make about Nakata?

9. What happened to the man that Mrs. Saeki fell in love with as a teenager?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Johnny Walker is a malevolent character who seeks entrance to the afterlife. First, describe the character of Johnny Walker and the way that he meets Nakata. Then, explain the way that Johnny Walker has been living and through what means he steals the souls of living creatures. Finally, explain why Nakata was given no choice but to kill Johnny Walker.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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