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. What party does the political trucker align himself with?

2. When Kafka first meets Sakura, what does he wonder about her?

3. What did Mrs. Saeki's boyfriend's family sell for a living?

4. How old was Nakata when his mentor died, closing the shop where they both worked?

5. Which of the following characters claims to have been born with both female and male genitalia?

Short Essay Questions

1. What conversation does Hoshino get into with the elderly coffee shop owner the day that the entrance stone is flipped?

2. What arrangements does Colonel Sanders make for Nakata and Hoshino while the police are on their manhunt?

3. How does evil try to escape Limbo?

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

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

6. How does Kafka negotiate a cheaper rate at the hotel where he is staying?

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

8. What does Kafka decide to do with his life after emerging from Limbo?

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

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

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

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

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?

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