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. How does Akiko Kato respond in Chapter Two to the letter Eiji sends her?

2. On whose cell phone conversation does Eiji eavesdrop?

3. Who are Frankenstein and Lizard?

4. What does Eiji think about Anju's ability to swim to the whalestone?

5. With whom do eleven-year-old Anju and Eiji live?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Who kidnaps Eiji in Chapter Four and why is Eiji kidnapped?

5. Why do Donkey and Dowager call the waitress with the perfect neck a "hand cream model", and what does the depiction of the girl's hands in Chapter One really indicate?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss Eiji's relationship with Anju. What is the relationship like during Anju's life and what is it like once she is dead? What helps Eiji finally accept her death?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Suga's Holy Grail and how it parallels Eiji's search for his father. In what ways are the two quests similar? In what ways are they different? What concepts is the author reinforcing about Eiji's quest in his depiction of Suga's quest?

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