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. When the teacher was beating a child in the woods, what emotion does she claim overtook her?

2. Which of the following facts is NOT true about Oshima's cabin in the woods?

3. What creature falls from the sky while Nakata is watching the beating at the truck stop?

4. What career path made Adolf Eichmann famous?

5. What is the name of the cat that was run over by a bicycle and is now a bit slow?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is Goma?

5. What warning does Oshima give to Kafka before dropping him off at the cabin in the woods?

6. Who is Adolf Eichmann, and what note did Oshima scribble in the margins of his book?

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

8. What conclusion did Doctor Nakazawa reach after testing the sixteen school children found unconscious in the woods?

9. How does Kafka react when Sakura begins telling him about her boyfriend, who lives in Tokyo?

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

When Kafka is still a young child, he decides to run away from home. First, explain the circumstances leading up to Kafka's decision to leave home. Then, describe the items Kafka took with him during his escape and the process through which he chose these items. Finally, describe at least two characters that helped Kafka during the initial days of his plan.

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

In the Prologue to this novel, Kafka warns his friend, Crow, that "Fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions." What did Kafka mean when he gave his friend this warning? Explain this quote and give at least two examples from the text that exemplify this theory.

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