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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. What color is the entrance stone?
2. Who was Mrs. Saeki trying to save when she opened the entrance stone?
3. On what day do Nakata and Hoshino arrive at the library?
4. What is pachinko?
5. Which of the following Greek mythologies is a parallel to Kafka's life?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happened to the two soldiers that went for a walk in the woods surrounding Oshima's cabin?
2. How does Mrs. Saeki convince Kafka to leave the world of the deserted village and go back where he belongs?
3. What is the origin of Kafka's name?
4. What happens to Nakata when Mrs. Saeki rests her hands against his chest?
5. How does Kafka react when he is approached by the Japanese soldiers in Oshima's woods?
6. How does evil try to escape Limbo?
7. What arrangements does Colonel Sanders make for Nakata and Hoshino while the police are on their manhunt?
8. Why does Colonel Sanders bring Hoshino to the religious shrine?
9. How does Mrs. Saeki react when Kafka confronts her about the possibility that she is his mother?
10. What book did Mrs.Saeki write after collecting interviews?
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
Johnny Walker is a malevolent character who seeks entrance to the afterlife. First, describe the character of Johnny Walker and the way that he meets Nakata. Then, explain the way that Johnny Walker has been living and through what means he steals the souls of living creatures. Finally, explain why Nakata was given no choice but to kill Johnny Walker.
Essay Topic 3
Throughout the novel, there is great mystery surrounding who killed Japan's most famous sculptor. First, describe how the murder occurs, and who the two main suspects are. Then, explain how Murakami uses this murder with two other major events in the novel - Johnny Walker's murder and Kafka waking up covered in blood. How do these connections add to the suspense of the novel as a whole?
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