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 family members does Sakura share an apartment with?

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

3. Which of the following items is NOT something Kafka steals from his father before running away?

4. What is the name of the young boy who did NOT awaken after the mushroom incident in the woods?

5. Which of the following animals promises to lead Nakata to Goma?

Short Essay Questions

1. What warning does Oshima give to Kafka before dropping him off at the cabin in the woods?

2. How does Kafka spend his first day of freedom in the city?

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

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

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

6. What confession does Oshima make when the stern women accuse him of being misogynistic?

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

8. What complaints do the two serious women make about the library where Oshima and Kafka work?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

When the entrance stone is turned, it draws together two wandering souls - Mrs. Saeki and Nakata. First, describe the lives Mrs. Saeki and Nakata had been living before the stone was turned. Then, explain how Mrs. Saeki and Nakata complete each other, and what the effects of their final meeting were.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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