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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. What is Eiji's fourth dream in Chapter Eight about?
3. 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?
4. Who does Eiji fear will hunt him down once he awakens in the strange house?
5. Who meets Eiji when he is expecting to meet his grandfather instead?
Short Essay Questions
1. Is the earthquake in Tokyo at the end of Number Nine Dream real or fantasy?
2. How does Eiji finally get to meet his father, and how does he feel after the meeting?
3. Describe the disagreement between Ai and Eiji at the train station in Chapter Seven.
4. Why is the Nero's delivery truck driver with whom Eiji rides in Chapter Eight alone in his life instead of married?
5. Describe Eiji's dream about John Lennon and Lennon's song "#9 Dream".
6. 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?
7. 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?
8. 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?
9. Why does Suga get drunk and how does his failure to succeed in his quest parallel Eiji's?
10. How does Eiji's relationship with Ai Imajo change in Chapter Five?
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
Some of the scenes in Number Nine Dream are written in first person and some are written in third person. Some chapters seem disjointed with no chronological order while others are more orderly. Discuss how the structure of the narrative reflects the state of mind of the narrator, Eiji, throughout the novel.
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