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. Which of the following is not a reason Eiji's stepmother gives for why Eiji's father does not want to meet him?

2. What is Ai Imajo's educational goal?

3. Whose address does Daimon fax to Eiji after his visit with Eiji?

4. Why does Daimon come to visit Eiji in Chapter Five?

5. What does the postcard Eiji receives ask him to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In Chapter Seven, what plans does Eiji make with his mother?

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

4. Describe Eiji's dream about Mr. Aoyama.

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

10. How do Mrs. Sasaki and Buntaro become a substitute family for Eiji in Chapter Five?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss Eiji's parents. Neither character appears onstage in the novel, yet both play integral roles in the story. What is the parents' relationship history? What are the parents' life situations like at present in terms of their financial situations, their levels of happiness, and their relationships with their children and with significant others? What aspect of Japanese culture is the author depicting in these two characters, and what do you think the author is saying about this aspect of Japanese culture through Eiji's parents?

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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