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. Where does Oshima find Kafka a place to sleep?

2. How many cats does Johnny Walker kill before Nakata intervenes?

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

4. What does Johnny Walker claim to be building from the souls of dead cats?

5. Which of the following adjectives best describes Kafka's relationship with his father?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What happened to the elementary school teacher and her class in November, 1944?

9. What advice does Crow give to Kafka before they run away together?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

There are many talking animals in this novel. First, create a list of animal characters and explain their role within the novel. Then, discuss your reaction to the presence of talking animals in an adult novel. Was their integration into the storyline successful? Why or why not? How does their presence make this novel fit into the genre of magical realism?

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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