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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 does the letter Eiji receives from his stepmother accuse Eiji of planning to do?
2. What does Eiji wear on his head in Chapter One?
3. What magazine does Suga read in Chapter Two?
4. Who does Eiji call Dowager and Donkey in Chapter One?
5. Which of the following statements is not a part of the daydream Eiji has in Chapter One while he's in the restroom?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Eiji's coworkers at Ueno Station and his relationships with them.
2. What is the significance of the third person viewpoint in the scenes describing Eiji's first drug experience and his experience with Velvet?
3. How successful are Eiji's initial attempts to contact Akiko Kato?
4. What does Eiji's fantasy about masquerading as an aquarium cleaner to meet Akako Kato reveal about his character?
5. How does Morino trick Eiji with his father's photo in Chapter Four?
6. What factors make Eiji vulnerable to exploitation by Daimon?
7. What does Eiji's helping Daimon after the yakuza injure Daimon indicate about Eiji's character?
8. Discuss Eiji's playing of video games in Chapter Three and what the video games symbolize.
9. Who is Cat and what does Eiji's relationship with her indicate?
10. How does Eiji escape death at the end of Chapter Four?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
At the beginning of the novel, Eiji is a procrastinator and daydreamer, and spends more time in fantasy and illusion than in reality. Discuss Eiji's character growth over the course of the novel, how he differs at the end of the novel from how he is at the beginning, and what helps facilitate any change in him.
Essay Topic 3
Discuss how the fictional manuscript about Goatwriter that Eiji finds and reads in Chapter Five is an allegory of Eiji's own experiences. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.
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