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. To where do the contents of the file folder lead Eiji?

2. What draws Eiji's attention to one of the waitresses?

3. Who do the yakuza men lock up with Eiji in Chapter Four?

4. With whom does Daimon seem to have tension at the Queen of Spades?

5. Who is Akiko Kato?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. In Chapter Five, from whom does Eiji receive a postcard, and how does the card indicate a shift in the writer's attitude toward Eiji?

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

5. Describe Eiji's dream about Mr. Aoyama.

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

7. Explain who Mrs. Yamaya is and describe her visit with Eiji.

8. Describe Eiji's dream about John Lennon and Lennon's song "#9 Dream".

9. Why does Eiji engage in so much fantasy and daydreaming?

10. What does Mrs. Yamaya's letter in Chapter Seven reveal about her relationship with the yakuza?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Meaning is one of the themes in Number Nine Dream. Discuss Eiji and any other two characters from the novel and discuss what gives their lives meaning. Does what gives their lives meaning change for any of the characters over the course of the story? What do you think the author is saying through these characters about what gives life meaning?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the role of the yakuza in Number Nine Dream. In what ways is the yakuza organization like a family? What do you think Eiji learns from his experiences with the yakuza? In what ways does the yakuza help Eiji find his own substitute family?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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