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 beverage does Kafka bring to Mrs. Saeki every day at the same time?

2. Who is the director of the films that Hoshino watches back to back?

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

4. Which of the following phrases does Mrs. Saeki use to describe herself?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Hoshino care for Nakata after he dies?

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

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

8. Why does Colonel Sanders bring Hoshino to the religious shrine?

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

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

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

Mrs. Saeki's song proves to be the thread that unifies all of the story lines in this novel. Choose at least two key elements of Mrs. Saeki's song and explain how these elements tie the story lines of Nakata and Kafka together. Then, explain whether or not you believe Mrs. Saeki's song is significant enough to warrant the title of this novel, and why.

Essay Topic 3

Nakata, like Kafka, is a man haunted by his past. First, describe the event that altered Nakata's life forever. Then, explain how this disastrous event affected Nakata's life into adulthood. What ailments continued to plague Nakata long after the event occurred?

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