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 long does Kafka spend unattended at Oshima's cottage?

2. When Kafka wakes from his blackout, what is he covered in?

3. What does Johnny Walker promise to give to Nakata in exchange for his help?

4. What type of animal is Goma?

5. What does Kafka claim to be in order to get a discounted rate at his hotel?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who is Sakura?

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

5. What complaints do the two serious women make about the library where Oshima and Kafka work?

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

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

8. What strange proposition does Johnny Walker make to Nakata?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As a boy, Tamura decides that he would like to change his name to Kafka. First, describe how Tamura chose this name for himself. Then, compare / contrast the character of Kafka from the novel with the man whose name he borrowed, Franz Kafka. What is the same about these men? What is different? Finally, explain whether or not you think Kafka is an appropriate name for the protagonist of this novel, and why.

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

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.

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