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. In Eiji's fantasy, what is hidden in his toolbox for him to use in knocking out people?

2. What is the Queen of Spades?

3. What happens when Eiji finally goes to Akiko Kato's office to confront her?

4. What is Eiji Miyake's quest?

5. What does Eiji do to the thunder god's statue when he is eleven-years-old?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How successful are Eiji's initial attempts to contact Akiko Kato?

3. What happens to Mr. Aoyama in Chapter Two?

4. Why does Eiji think Miriam can lead him to his father and how does he pursue his father through her?

5. Why does the structure of Chapter One switch back and forth between fantasy and reality so often, making it difficult to tell the difference between the two?

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

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

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

9. Describe Eiji's coworkers at Ueno Station and his relationships with them.

10. Who is Buntaro and what is Eiji's relationship with him like?

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

Number Nine Dream contains a number of instances of foreshadowing. Cite at least three examples of foreshadowing in the novel and explain how it is used to indicate events to come.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the treatment of women in Number Nine dream.

Part I: Which women are treated well by men and which women are treated poorly by men in the novel? How do you explain any differences in the way women are treated?

Part II: Does the treatment of women in the novel reflect the role of women in Japanese society? In what ways?

Part III: What might Ai's defiance of her father to attend school in Paris symbolize about the changing role of women in Japanese society?

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