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

2. In Eiji's fantasy, what is hidden in his toolbox for him to use in knocking out people?

3. What happens to Anju when Eiji has to leave her to go on an overnight trip with his soccer team?

4. Who are Velvet and Coffee?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how Eiji gets a new job in Chapter Six.

2. Why does Suga get drunk and how does his failure to succeed in his quest parallel Eiji's?

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

4. Discuss Eiji's playing of video games in Chapter Three and what the video games symbolize.

5. How is the manuscript Eiji finds about Goatwriter an allegory for Eiji's own adventures?

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

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

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

9. How does Eiji's grandfather show that he approves of Eiji?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Eiji has multiple jobs. Compare and contrast his job at Ueno Station, his job at the Shooting Star video store, and his job at Nero's Pizza. Why does he take each job, what does he learn at each job, and what role does each job play in helping him come to terms with his turbulent family history?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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