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 type of people did Mrs. Saeki write a book about?

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

3. How does Nakata feel after the entrance stone is flipped?

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

5. What type of store does Oshima's brother own?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does evil try to escape Limbo?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Through the use of the entrance stone, Nakata realizes that humans can fully interact with the spirit world. First, explain how Nakata got his hands on the entrance stone. Then, explain how Nakata figured out how to use the entrance stone. Finally, explain what Nakata learned about himself through the use of the entrance stone.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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