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. Who wrote the song "Kafka on the Shore"?

2. Which of the following adjectives best describes Hoshino's speech?

3. After Nakata murders Johnny Walker, what changes about him?

4. Where does Johnny Walker keep the severed heads of the cats he has sacrificed?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. In what situation is it possible for a body and soul to become separated without the body dying?

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

3. What note does Sakura leave for Kafka when she leaves for work in the morning?

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

5. Who is Sakura?

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

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

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

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

10. How does Kafka negotiate a cheaper rate at the hotel where he is staying?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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