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. To what does Daimon offer to treat Eiji?

2. Who gets Eiji his job by arranging an interview for him with Mrs. Sasaki?

3. In Eiji's fantasy about Akiko Kato in Chapter One, with what does he escape her building?

4. Who is Mr. Aoyama?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Eiji's grandfather disappointed in Eiji's father?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does Morino trick Eiji with his father's photo in Chapter Four?

10. Describe the strange messages Eiji receives while using the ATM.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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