Number 9 Dream Test | Mid-Book 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. In what city does the book open?

2. What interrupts Eiji's playing of the video game Virtua Sapiens?

3. Why have Daimon and Eiji been kidnapped?

4. From what locale does Eiji sit and daydream about meeting Akiko Kato?

5. Who promises to pay for a hotel room for the night and then leaves Eiji with the bill?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the strange messages Eiji receives while using the ATM.

2. How does Eiji escape death at the end of Chapter Four?

3. What information does Eiji have about his father as he begins his quest?

4. How does Eiji's defense in Chapter Three of Ai Imajo, the waitress with the perfect neck at the Jupiter Cafe, affect his developing relationship with Ai?

5. Describe what happens to Eiji's twin sister, Anju, shortly after the twins turn eleven and how Eiji is affected by the incident.

6. Who does Eiji initially think "father" is in Chapter Four, and who does "father" eventually turn out to be?

7. What is the significance of the third person viewpoint in the scenes describing Eiji's first drug experience and his experience with Velvet?

8. What factors make Eiji vulnerable to exploitation by Daimon?

9. How does the video game Virtua Sapiens relate to Eiji's quest for his father?

10. Discuss Eiji's playing of video games in Chapter Three and what the video games symbolize.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Eiji's relationships with his three male friends: Suga, Daimon, and Buntaro. Also, discuss how he meets each of these friends, how they help him and whether he helps any of them, what his relationship with each of them is like, and whether any of the relationships change over the course of the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Some of the scenes in Number Nine Dream are written in first person and some are written in third person. Some chapters seem disjointed with no chronological order while others are more orderly. Discuss how the structure of the narrative reflects the state of mind of the narrator, Eiji, throughout the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Family is an important concept in Number Nine Dream. Compare and contrast Eiji's relationships with his real family members with his relationships with his Tokyo friends who become a substitute family to him. What do you think the author is saying through Eiji's relationships about family?

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