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

2. Who does Eiji fantasize knocking out with the item in his toolbox?

3. What is Osugi and Bosugi?

4. Before leaving the video arcade in Chapter Three, with whom does Eiji get into a brief discussion?

5. Which of the following statements does not describe Daimon?

Short Essay Questions

1. What rumors has Anju overheard about her mother?

2. How does Eiji's experience with Daimon on his twentieth birthday illustrate his naivety?

3. What does Eiji's helping Daimon after the yakuza injure Daimon indicate about Eiji's character?

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

5. What is the significance of the third person viewpoint in the scenes describing Eiji's first drug experience and his experience with Velvet?

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

7. What factors make Eiji feel out of place in Tokyo?

8. Describe Eiji's habit of nicknaming people.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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

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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