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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 way the yakuza trick Eiji in Chapter Seven?
2. Who picks up Eiji as he is fleeing the exploding Cadillacs at the beginning of Chapter Five?
3. In Chapter Seven, where is Suga going to take a new job?
4. What happens in Tokyo at the end of the book?
5. What did the yakuza do to Mrs. Yamaya?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the disagreement between Ai and Eiji at the train station in Chapter Seven.
2. Who is Takara Tsukiyama, and how might he lead Eiji to Eiji's father?
3. How does Daimon help Eiji's search for his father?
4. Explain how Eiji gets a new job in Chapter Six.
5. Who is Subaru Tsukiyama and what is his relationship to Eiji?
6. What does Mrs. Yamaya's letter in Chapter Seven reveal about her relationship with the yakuza?
7. 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?
8. What secrets does Ai Imajo reveal about herself in Chapter Six, and what do her revelations indicate about her changing relationship with Eiji?
9. How do Mrs. Sasaki and Buntaro become a substitute family for Eiji in Chapter Five?
10. 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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Pick any three of Eiji's dreams from Number Nine Dream and analyze them. Discuss any symbolism the dreams contain, if and how the dreams help Eiji accept his twin sister's death, and any foreshadowing the dreams contain.
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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