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. What does Colonel Sanders do for a living?

2. Whose home does the cabin in the desolate village remind Kafka of?

3. What type of people did Mrs. Saeki write a book about?

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

5. Where does Oshima find a copy of Mrs. Saeki's hit song on vinyl?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Mrs. Saeki convince Kafka to leave the world of the deserted village and go back where he belongs?

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

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

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

6. How do Nakata and Hoshino know that the entrance stone is working?

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

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

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

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, 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 2

Johnny Walker is a malevolent character who seeks entrance to the afterlife. First, describe the character of Johnny Walker and the way that he meets Nakata. Then, explain the way that Johnny Walker has been living and through what means he steals the souls of living creatures. Finally, explain why Nakata was given no choice but to kill Johnny Walker.

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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