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 is the name of Mrs. Saeki's spirit?

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

3. After Nakata dies, who inherits his ability to understand animals?

4. What is the name of the philosopher that the prostitute recites, that Hoshino meets?

5. What classical musician is the topic of conversation at the coffee shop that Hoshino frequents?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 3

When Kafka was a young boy, his father made two prophecies about him. First, explain what the two prophecies were and what Kafka's reactions were to the prophecies. Then, explain whether or not these prophecies came true, and what the reader learned about Kafka through this process.

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