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 beverage does Kafka bring to Mrs. Saeki every day at the same time?

2. Which war does Oshima have a fantasy of fighting in?

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

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

5. Which of the following images is the subject of a painting hanging in Kafka's bedroom at the library?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, Oshima states that "imagination is a powerful force". First, explain what Oshima means by this statement. Then, explain how imagination leaves Kafka feeling emotionally responsible for two terrible events that occur, even though he is not physically responsible for them.

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

Throughout the text, Oshima is a wealth of literary knowledge. Choose at least two literary works that Oshima discusses, and explain what he teaches Kafka about each work. Then, explain what Oshima means when he says that "there is such a thing as metaphor in the corporeal world." How does this statement apply to the novel as a whole?

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