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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 is Ai Imajo's educational goal?
2. Who does Eiji's grandfather pretend to be when he meets Eiji?
3. Who meets Eiji when he is expecting to meet his grandfather instead?
4. In Chapter Six, what does Ai Imajo confide to Eiji?
5. What does Suga succeed in doing in Chapter Seven?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Eiji finally get to meet his father, and how does he feel after the meeting?
2. How does Eiji's relationship with Ai Imajo change in Chapter Five?
3. Who meets Eiji at the Amadeus Tea Room instead of his grandfather on the day of his second meeting with the older man, and why does his grandfather not meet him then as planned?
4. Why does Suga get drunk and how does his failure to succeed in his quest parallel Eiji's?
5. Describe Eiji's dream about Mr. Aoyama.
6. Describe Eiji's dream about John Lennon and Lennon's song "#9 Dream".
7. Describe the disagreement between Ai and Eiji at the train station in Chapter Seven.
8. What does Mrs. Yamaya's letter in Chapter Seven reveal about her relationship with the yakuza?
9. As he learns about Subaru Tsukiyama's life, what insights does Eiji begin to get about his own life?
10. Explain who Mrs. Yamaya is and describe her visit with Eiji.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
Discuss symbolism and metaphor in Number Nine Dream. Give three examples of symbolism in the novel and discuss what the symbols are used to convey.
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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