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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

The face of evil took many different forms in this novel - Johnny Walker, Colonel Sanders, and the white salamander. First, describe how each of these creatures embodied the force of evil. Then, explain why each of these beings was so intent on opening the entrance stone.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Throughout the text, Oshima is a wealth of literary knowledge. Choose at least two literary works that Oshima discusses, and explain what he teaches Kafka about each work. Then, explain what Oshima means when he says that "there is such a thing as metaphor in the corporeal world." How does this statement apply to the novel as a whole?

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