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 Hoshino carry the entrance stone back to his hotel room?

2. Who is asked to kill evil before it can escape through the entrance stone?

3. What happens to Mrs. Saeki after Nakata leaves the library?

4. What does Mrs. Saeki claim defines Kafka even though he is very young?

5. What does Colonel Sanders do for a living?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is Colonel Sanders?

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

4. What happened to the two soldiers that went for a walk in the woods surrounding Oshima's cabin?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

While at the cabin, Oshima gives Kafka an ominous warning about the soldiers who visited these woods during the war. According to history, what happened to these soldiers when they were in Oshima's woods? What is Oshima worried will happen to Kafka if he ventures too far away from the cabin?

Essay Topic 2

Both Kafka and Nakata are inexplicably drawn to Southern Japan in search of healing. First, describe the circumstances that draws each man away from his home. Then, compare / contrast the relief each man finds upon finally reaching his destination.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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