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. Which of the following characters accidentally admits to being from the same area where Kafka's father was murdered?

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

3. Which of the following images is the subject of a painting hanging in Kafka's bedroom at the library?

4. Whose home does the cabin in the desolate village remind Kafka of?

5. Who tells Hoshino that he is "a spirit - neither god not Buddha"?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The woods surrounding Oshima's cabin are a place of great wonder to Kafka. First, explain Kafka's initial reaction to the woods and explain how his opinion of this place changed throughout the course of the novel. Then, give at least two examples of lessons Kafka learned about nature due to the time he spent in Oshima's woods.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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