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

2. Who is the only other person that Kafka encounters as he is wandering through the woods?

3. What form does pure evil take when it tries to sneak through the entrance stone?

4. Which of the following characters lies about seeing Kafka in order to protect him from the searching police?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What book did Mrs.Saeki write after collecting interviews?

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

5. Why does Oshima wake Kafka in the middle of the night with a frantic phone call?

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

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

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

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

10. Why did Mrs. Saeki first open the entrance stone?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As a boy, Tamura decides that he would like to change his name to Kafka. First, describe how Tamura chose this name for himself. Then, compare / contrast the character of Kafka from the novel with the man whose name he borrowed, Franz Kafka. What is the same about these men? What is different? Finally, explain whether or not you think Kafka is an appropriate name for the protagonist of this novel, and why.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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