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

2. How does Mrs. Saeki react when Nakata begs to speak with her about the entrance stone?

3. Whose spirit does Mrs. Saeki think is living inside Kafka's body?

4. How does Johnny Walker react when someone tries to kill him in the woods?

5. What is the name of Oshima's only brother?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How does evil try to escape Limbo?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the Prologue to this novel, Kafka warns his friend, Crow, that "Fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions." What did Kafka mean when he gave his friend this warning? Explain this quote and give at least two examples from the text that exemplify this theory.

Essay Topic 2

The face of evil took many different forms in this novel - Johnny Walker, Colonel Sanders, and the white salamander. First, describe how each of these creatures embodied the force of evil. Then, explain why each of these beings was so intent on opening the entrance stone.

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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