Kafka on the Shore Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of Mrs. Saeki's spirit?

2. When Nakata falls asleep, how long does he usually slumber?

3. What type of store does Oshima's brother own?

4. Who was Mrs. Saeki trying to save when she opened the entrance stone?

5. Whose spirit does Mrs. Saeki think is living inside Kafka's body?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

While in the library one day, Oshima makes a startling confession about his sexuality. First, explain the truth behind Oshima's sexuality as he described it to Kafka. Then, explain how Oshima's confession affected the gender roles presented in the novel thus far.

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

When Kafka is still a young child, he decides to run away from home. First, explain the circumstances leading up to Kafka's decision to leave home. Then, describe the items Kafka took with him during his escape and the process through which he chose these items. Finally, describe at least two characters that helped Kafka during the initial days of his plan.

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