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 is the name of Oshima's only brother?

2. When Mrs. Saeki rests her hand on Nakata's chest, what rushes into him?

3. How does the entrance stone change before it opens?

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

5. Who does Mrs. Saeki think is the boy from the painting in the library?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does evil try to escape Limbo?

9. Who is Colonel Sanders?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Throughout the novel, there is great mystery surrounding who killed Japan's most famous sculptor. First, describe how the murder occurs, and who the two main suspects are. Then, explain how Murakami uses this murder with two other major events in the novel - Johnny Walker's murder and Kafka waking up covered in blood. How do these connections add to the suspense of the novel as a whole?

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