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 was Subaru Tsukiyama's profession?

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

3. In what does Subaru Tsukiyama find his life's meaning?

4. What gives Ai Imajo's life meaning?

5. Who is Monkfish?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of Eiji's final dream about Anju in which Anju tells him to go away so he will not drown, too?

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

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

4. How is the manuscript Eiji finds about Goatwriter an allegory for Eiji's own adventures?

5. After escaping the exploding cars and the yakuza, where does Eiji wake up at the beginning of Chapter Five, and what childhood memories does the place in which he awakens rekindle?

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

7. Describe Eiji's dream about John Lennon and Lennon's song "#9 Dream".

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the significance of the John Lennon song Number Nine Dream to the novel. What does John Lennon tell Eiji in his dream that the song means? How do Lennon's references to ghosts and loneliness relate to Eiji's life? What do you think the author is trying to say through the use of the song in the novel's title and in the dream sequence?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Number Nine Dream is set in Japan, and the Japanese characters are affected by Japan's experience in World War II, geishas and concubines, and other aspects of traditional Japanese culture. Discuss how the geographical and cultural setting affect the story and how the characters and story might differ if David Mitchell had set the novel in the United States or England instead of Japan.

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