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. Why have Daimon and Eiji been kidnapped?

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

3. Why does Eiji do what he does to the thunder god's statue when he is eleven?

4. Where does Eiji go for breakfast in Chapter Three after his night with Daimon?

5. What instrument can Eiji play?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the yakuza and how is Daimon tied to the organization?

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

3. What information does Eiji have about his father as he begins his quest?

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

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

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

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

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.

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