Number 9 Dream Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

David Mitchell (author)
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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. Who does Eiji fantasize knocking out with the item in his toolbox?

2. Which of Eiji's coworkers commits suicide when told he is being demoted?

3. At the beginning of Chapter One, how does Eiji hope he will meet Akiko Kato?

4. On whose cell phone conversation does Eiji eavesdrop?

5. Which of the following does not describe what happens to Daimon after the yakuza release him?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who kidnaps Eiji in Chapter Four and why is Eiji kidnapped?

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. Describe Eiji's habit of nicknaming people.

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

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

6. Describe the letter Eiji receives from his stepmother in Chapter Three, and how it affects him.

7. How does Morino trick Eiji with his father's photo in Chapter Four?

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

9. Why does Eiji decapitate the statue of the thunder god in his village shrine?

10. What rumors has Anju overheard about her mother?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Number Nine Dream is set in Japan, and the Japanese characters are affected by Japan's experience in World War II, geishas and concubines, and other aspects of traditional Japanese culture. Discuss how the geographical and cultural setting affect the story and how the characters and story might differ if David Mitchell had set the novel in the United States or England instead of Japan.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the following father and son relationships: Eiji and his father, Eiji's father and grandfather, and Daimon and his father. Do any of these relationships seem happy? What cultural events or conflicts might some of these relationships reflect? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the mother figures in Number Nine Dream: Eiji's mother, Eiji's stepmother, Mrs. Sasaki, and Mama-san. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

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