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 famous artist is discovered stabbed to death in his home on the day fish fall from the sky?

2. How does Nakata react when he sees some bikers beating a man at the truck stop?

3. How old was Sakura when she ran away from home?

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

5. What does Sakura do for a living?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What are the themes of the song "Kafka on the Shore"?

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

7. What does Kafka steal from his father before he runs away from home?

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

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

10. What is Goma?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Throughout the novel, the repercussions of sleepwalking affect the characters. Choose at least two scenes in which a character commits a devious act while sleeping and compare / contrast the effects this action has on the character's life. Then, explain how the subconscious of the characters responds to the deepest desires of that character's soul.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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