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

2. What does Kafka bring with him into the woods in case he should decide to kill himself?

3. Who closes the entrance stone?

4. What does Kafka feel connected to in nature as he is wandering through the woods?

5. How long have Hoshino and Nakata spent together by the time Nakato dies?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What conversation does Hoshino get into with the elderly coffee shop owner the day that the entrance stone is flipped?

3. How does evil try to escape Limbo?

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

5. What arrangements does Colonel Sanders make for Nakata and Hoshino while the police are on their manhunt?

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

7. What does Kafka decide to do with his life after emerging from Limbo?

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

9. How does Mrs. Saeki react when Kafka confronts her about the possibility that she is his mother?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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