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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 characters accidentally admits to being from the same area where Kafka's father was murdered?
2. How does Mrs. Saeki react when Nakata begs to speak with her about the entrance stone?
3. Which of the following Greek mythologies is a parallel to Kafka's life?
4. Which war does Oshima have a fantasy of fighting in?
5. Who was Mrs. Saeki trying to save when she opened the entrance stone?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Kafka react when he is approached by the Japanese soldiers in Oshima's woods?
2. Who is Colonel Sanders?
3. How does Mrs. Saeki react when Kafka confronts her about the possibility that she is his mother?
4. How does Hoshino care for Nakata after he dies?
5. How does Mrs. Saeki convince Kafka to leave the world of the deserted village and go back where he belongs?
6. What happens with Mrs. Saeki sleepwalks into Kafka's bedroom?
7. Why does Colonel Sanders bring Hoshino to the religious shrine?
8. What is the origin of Kafka's name?
9. What happened to the two soldiers that went for a walk in the woods surrounding Oshima's cabin?
10. What happens when Crow encounters Johnny Walker in the enchanted woods?
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
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.
Essay Topic 3
The woods surrounding Oshima's cabin are a place of great wonder to Kafka. First, explain Kafka's initial reaction to the woods and explain how his opinion of this place changed throughout the course of the novel. Then, give at least two examples of lessons Kafka learned about nature due to the time he spent in Oshima's woods.
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