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 does the police officer react when Nakata admits to Johnny Walker's murder?

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

3. Which of the following is Dr. Shigenori Tsukayama's specialty?

4. How many of the children failed to awaken after reaching the hospital?

5. What complaint do the two stern women make about the staff at the public library?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What unusual prophecy does Nakata make before leaving the police station?

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

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

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

7. How does Kafka react to the presence of the young woman's spirit in his bedroom?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, the repercussions of sleepwalking affect the characters. Choose at least two scenes in which a character commits a devious act while sleeping and compare / contrast the effects this action has on the character's life. Then, explain how the subconscious of the characters responds to the deepest desires of that character's soul.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Mrs. Saeki's song proves to be the thread that unifies all of the story lines in this novel. Choose at least two key elements of Mrs. Saeki's song and explain how these elements tie the story lines of Nakata and Kafka together. Then, explain whether or not you believe Mrs. Saeki's song is significant enough to warrant the title of this novel, and why.

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