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. What fact is Eiji surprised to learn about the identity of Mrs. Sasaki, his boss at Ueno Station?

2. What obstacle does Ai Imajo face in attaining her goal?

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

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

5. What happens in Tokyo at the end of the book?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Is the earthquake in Tokyo at the end of Number Nine Dream real or fantasy?

4. Describe the disagreement between Ai and Eiji at the train station in Chapter Seven.

5. Why does the second truck driver Eiji rides with in Chapter Eight want to commit suicide and why does he change his mind?

6. 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?

7. As he learns about Subaru Tsukiyama's life, what insights does Eiji begin to get about his own life?

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

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

10. Who is Subaru Tsukiyama and what is his relationship to Eiji?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the beginning of the novel, Eiji is a procrastinator and daydreamer, and spends more time in fantasy and illusion than in reality. Discuss Eiji's character growth over the course of the novel, how he differs at the end of the novel from how he is at the beginning, and what helps facilitate any change in him.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss how the fictional manuscript about Goatwriter that Eiji finds and reads in Chapter Five is an allegory of Eiji's own experiences. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

Some of the scenes in Number Nine Dream are written in first person and some are written in third person. Some chapters seem disjointed with no chronological order while others are more orderly. Discuss how the structure of the narrative reflects the state of mind of the narrator, Eiji, throughout the novel.

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