Number 9 Dream Test | Final 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. In Chapter Five, how much time has lapsed since Eiji first left his village to come to Tokyo in search of his father?

2. Which of the following does not describe how Eiji sabotages the yakuza at the end of Chapter Seven?

3. When Eiji wakes up from his initial dream in Chapter Eight, where does he find himself?

4. Which of the following is not a reason Mrs. Yamaya has sent information about yakuza activities to Eiji?

5. Who is Pithecanthropus?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Eiji's new job at Nero's pizza.

3. What secrets does Ai Imajo reveal about herself in Chapter Six, and what do her revelations indicate about her changing relationship with Eiji?

4. What does Mrs. Yamaya's letter in Chapter Seven reveal about her relationship with the yakuza?

5. In Chapter Five, from whom does Eiji receive a postcard, and how does the card indicate a shift in the writer's attitude toward Eiji?

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

7. How does Eiji's relationship with Ai Imajo change in Chapter Five?

8. Why is the Nero's delivery truck driver with whom Eiji rides in Chapter Eight alone in his life instead of married?

9. How does Daimon help Eiji's search for his father?

10. Who is Takara Tsukiyama, and how might he lead Eiji to Eiji's father?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Pick any three of Eiji's dreams from Number Nine Dream and analyze them. Discuss any symbolism the dreams contain, if and how the dreams help Eiji accept his twin sister's death, and any foreshadowing the dreams contain.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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