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. When Eiji searches for the file folder about his father, who does he see playing the piano for the opening of another part of the entertainment complex where the yakuza are?

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

3. Which of the following statements is not part of the fantasy Eiji tells Anju about the whalestone, a giant rock that emerges from the sea?

4. What does Eiji leave in the video arcade in Chapter Three?

5. What magazine does Suga read in Chapter Two?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Eiji's fantasy about masquerading as an aquarium cleaner to meet Akako Kato reveal about his character?

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

5. What information does Ryutaro Morino have about Eiji's father and how does he obtain it?

6. 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?

7. Who is Cat and what does Eiji's relationship with her indicate?

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

9. What rumors has Anju overheard about her mother?

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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