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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. In Eiji's fantasy, what is hidden in his toolbox for him to use in knocking out people?
2. In Chapter Three, who accuses Eiji of spying on her for Daimon?
3. Who saves Eiji's life at the end of Chapter Four when bombs explode, killing the warring yakuza factions?
4. Why doesn't Eiji confront Akiko Kato in Chapter One as he daydreams of doing?
5. To whom does Eiji think the messages about "Father" refer?
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. How successful are Eiji's initial attempts to contact Akiko Kato?
3. What is the significance of Eiji's final dream about Anju in which Anju tells him to go away so he will not drown, too?
4. Who is Subaru Tsukiyama and what is his relationship to Eiji?
5. What information does Ryutaro Morino have about Eiji's father and how does he obtain it?
6. What does Eiji's helping Daimon after the yakuza injure Daimon indicate about Eiji's character?
7. What rumors has Anju overheard about her mother?
8. Discuss Eiji's playing of video games in Chapter Three and what the video games symbolize.
9. 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?
10. How do Mrs. Sasaki and Buntaro become a substitute family for Eiji in Chapter Five?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Two suicides and one contemplated suicide occur in Number Nine Dream. Discuss Mr. Aoyama's suicide, Subaru Tsukiyama's suicide, and Monkfish's contemplation of suicide. What motivates each of them and what theme(s) or lesson(s) do you think the author is trying to convey through these incidents? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Discuss Eiji's parents. Neither character appears onstage in the novel, yet both play integral roles in the story. What is the parents' relationship history? What are the parents' life situations like at present in terms of their financial situations, their levels of happiness, and their relationships with their children and with significant others? What aspect of Japanese culture is the author depicting in these two characters, and what do you think the author is saying about this aspect of Japanese culture through Eiji's parents?
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