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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. To whom did Eiji's guitar once belong?
2. Who meets Eiji when he is expecting to meet his grandfather instead?
3. What does Ai Imajo offer to buy Eiji when they meet for breakfast in Chapter Seven?
4. Why does Eiji miss his six o'clock visitor?
5. What does Ai Imajo tell Eiji in Chapter Eight that she saw him throw away before he left Tokyo to meet his mother?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Mrs. Yamaya's letter in Chapter Seven reveal about her relationship with the yakuza?
2. 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?
3. Explain how Eiji gets a new job in Chapter Six.
4. Why does Suga get drunk and how does his failure to succeed in his quest parallel Eiji's?
5. Who is Takara Tsukiyama, and how might he lead Eiji to Eiji's father?
6. Why is the Nero's delivery truck driver with whom Eiji rides in Chapter Eight alone in his life instead of married?
7. How does Eiji finally get to meet his father, and how does he feel after the meeting?
8. Explain who Mrs. Yamaya is and describe her visit with Eiji.
9. How does Eiji's grandfather show that he approves of Eiji?
10. Who is Subaru Tsukiyama and what is his relationship to Eiji?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Discuss Eiji's relationship with Anju. What is the relationship like during Anju's life and what is it like once she is dead? What helps Eiji finally accept her death?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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