Kafka on the Shore Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Where does Sakura's boyfriend live?

2. What type of fish falls from the sky, exactly as prophesied?

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

4. Which of the following short stories by Franz Kafka does Kafka discuss with Oshima?

5. When Kafka wakes up in the middle of a blackout, where has he sleepwalked to?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Colonel Sanders explain his physical form to Hoshino?

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

3. What regimen does Kafka adopt and exercise everyday that he is away from home?

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

5. Why did Mrs. Saeki first open the entrance stone?

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

7. What happens when Kafka wakes from a blackout at a religious shrine?

8. What does Mrs. Saeki ask Nakata to do with her memoirs?

9. How does the police officer on duty react to Nakata's confession of stabbing a man to death?

10. What happens with Mrs. Saeki sleepwalks into Kafka's bedroom?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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