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 Anju learn about her mother when she accidentally overhears some local women talking in Mrs. Tanaka's store?

2. How many waitresses does Eiji encounter in Chapter One?

3. What draws Eiji's attention to one of the waitresses?

4. Who warns Eiji to stay away from the Queen of Spades because it isn't an ordinary club?

5. At the beginning of Chapter Four, in what predicament does Eiji find himself?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

5. What does the letter Eiji receives from his mother in Chapter Two reveal, and how does it make him feel about contacting his mother again?

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

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

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

9. Describe Eiji's habit of nicknaming people.

10. How does Eiji's experience with Daimon on his twentieth birthday illustrate his naivety?

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

Number Nine Dream contains a number of instances of foreshadowing. Cite at least three examples of foreshadowing in the novel and explain how it is used to indicate events to come.

Essay Topic 3

Family is an important concept in Number Nine Dream. Compare and contrast Eiji's relationships with his real family members with his relationships with his Tokyo friends who become a substitute family to him. What do you think the author is saying through Eiji's relationships about family?

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