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, who faxes Eiji a message that he is coming to visit at six o'clock?

2. Who is Eiji's third dream in Chapter Eight about?

3. What does Eiji find in the secret room of the unfamiliar house?

4. What have the pregnant woman in Chapter Six and her husband decided to name their coming baby?

5. Which of the following does not describe what Eiji finds when he finally meets his father?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Suga's Holy Grail and how it parallels Eiji's search for his father. In what ways are the two quests similar? In what ways are they different? What concepts is the author reinforcing about Eiji's quest in his depiction of Suga's quest?

Essay Topic 2

Eiji has multiple jobs. Compare and contrast his job at Ueno Station, his job at the Shooting Star video store, and his job at Nero's Pizza. Why does he take each job, what does he learn at each job, and what role does each job play in helping him come to terms with his turbulent family history?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the treatment of women in Number Nine dream.

Part I: Which women are treated well by men and which women are treated poorly by men in the novel? How do you explain any differences in the way women are treated?

Part II: Does the treatment of women in the novel reflect the role of women in Japanese society? In what ways?

Part III: What might Ai's defiance of her father to attend school in Paris symbolize about the changing role of women in Japanese society?

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