Kafka on the Shore Test | Final 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 is NOT something Hoshino does to pass the time while Nakata sleeps?

2. What does Nakata decide is the location where the portal from the entrance stone has been opened?

3. Who is the only other person that Kafka encounters as he is wandering through the woods?

4. Who tells Hoshino that he is "a spirit - neither god not Buddha"?

5. Where does Oshima find a copy of Mrs. Saeki's hit song on vinyl?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Colonel Sanders bring Hoshino to the religious shrine?

2. Why does Oshima wake Kafka in the middle of the night with a frantic phone call?

3. What happens to Nakata when Mrs. Saeki rests her hands against his chest?

4. How does Kafka react when he is approached by the Japanese soldiers in Oshima's woods?

5. How do Nakata and Hoshino know that the entrance stone is working?

6. How does Mrs. Saeki convince Kafka to leave the world of the deserted village and go back where he belongs?

7. What happens with Mrs. Saeki sleepwalks into Kafka's bedroom?

8. Why did Mrs. Saeki first open the entrance stone?

9. Who is Colonel Sanders?

10. What does Mrs. Saeki ask Nakata to do with her memoirs?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

As a boy, Tamura decides that he would like to change his name to Kafka. First, describe how Tamura chose this name for himself. Then, compare / contrast the character of Kafka from the novel with the man whose name he borrowed, Franz Kafka. What is the same about these men? What is different? Finally, explain whether or not you think Kafka is an appropriate name for the protagonist of this novel, and why.

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