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

2. What is the name of the shy man who helps Nakata onto the train and gets him headed in the right direction?

3. In which of the following establishments did Nakata invest all of his money?

4. Which of the following characters coins the phrase "spirit projection" in regards to the trance-like children?

5. Where was Mrs. Saeki's boyfriend killed?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is Goma?

5. What happened to the man that Mrs. Saeki fell in love with as a teenager?

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

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

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

9. Who is Sakura?

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

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

While in the library one day, Oshima makes a startling confession about his sexuality. First, explain the truth behind Oshima's sexuality as he described it to Kafka. Then, explain how Oshima's confession affected the gender roles presented in the novel thus far.

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