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

2. Where was Kafka's father when he was struck by lightning?

3. What does Nakata decide is the location where the portal from the entrance stone has been opened?

4. What is the only situation in which a human soul can live outside of a living body?

5. Why does Kafka think his mother abandoned him?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does evil try to escape Limbo?

5. What happens when Crow encounters Johnny Walker in the enchanted woods?

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

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

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

9. How does Colonel Sanders explain his physical form to Hoshino?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When the entrance stone is turned, it draws together two wandering souls - Mrs. Saeki and Nakata. First, describe the lives Mrs. Saeki and Nakata had been living before the stone was turned. Then, explain how Mrs. Saeki and Nakata complete each other, and what the effects of their final meeting were.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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