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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. As he reflects on Anju's death and what gives his life meaning, what does Eiji begin to think about his search for his father?
2. Which of the following does not describe what Eiji finds when he finally meets his father?
3. In Chapter Six, what tale does Suga give as the reason for his emotional distress when he shows up drunk one night while Eiji is working?
4. Which of the following is not a reason Mrs. Yamaya has sent information about yakuza activities to Eiji?
5. In Chapter Five, how much time has lapsed since Eiji first left his village to come to Tokyo in search of his father?
Short Essay Questions
1. How is the manuscript Eiji finds about Goatwriter an allegory for Eiji's own adventures?
2. Why does Suga get drunk and how does his failure to succeed in his quest parallel Eiji's?
3. Why does the second truck driver Eiji rides with in Chapter Eight want to commit suicide and why does he change his mind?
4. How does Eiji's relationship with Ai Imajo change in Chapter Five?
5. How do Mrs. Sasaki and Buntaro become a substitute family for Eiji in Chapter Five?
6. How does Daimon help Eiji's search for his father?
7. As he learns about Subaru Tsukiyama's life, what insights does Eiji begin to get about his own life?
8. Why does Suga take a new job in Texas and what gift does he give Eiji upon departing for his new position?
9. What does Mrs. Yamaya's letter in Chapter Seven reveal about her relationship with the yakuza?
10. Is the earthquake in Tokyo at the end of Number Nine Dream real or fantasy?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Discuss the role of the yakuza in Number Nine Dream. In what ways is the yakuza organization like a family? What do you think Eiji learns from his experiences with the yakuza? In what ways does the yakuza help Eiji find his own substitute family?
Essay Topic 3
Compare and contrast Eiji's relationships with his three male friends: Suga, Daimon, and Buntaro. Also, discuss how he meets each of these friends, how they help him and whether he helps any of them, what his relationship with each of them is like, and whether any of the relationships change over the course of the novel.
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