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. From where did Hoshino steal the entrance stone?

2. What form does pure evil take when it tries to sneak through the entrance stone?

3. What color is the entrance stone?

4. Who does the spirit really belong to that visits Kafka?

5. How does Mrs. Saeki react when Nakata begs to speak with her about the entrance stone?

Short Essay Questions

1. While wandering through the woods, what disturbing dream does Kafka have about Sakura?

2. How does Mrs. Saeki respond when Nakata bursts into her office demanding to talk about the entrance stone?

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

4. What happened to the two soldiers that went for a walk in the woods surrounding Oshima's cabin?

5. What book did Mrs.Saeki write after collecting interviews?

6. How does Kafka react to the desolate village that the Japanese soldiers guide him to?

7. What is the origin of Kafka's name?

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

9. How does evil try to escape Limbo?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

When Kafka is homeless, he lives many places. Choose two of the places Kafka lives after leaving his home and compare / contrast the settings. Then, explain what Kafka learns about himself directly through his experiences in these varied settings.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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