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 Six, what tale does Suga give as the reason for his emotional distress when he shows up drunk one night while Eiji is working?

2. Who responds to Eiji's personal ad in the newspaper?

3. Which of the following is not a reason Eiji's stepmother gives for why Eiji's father does not want to meet him?

4. In Chapter Five, who faxes Eiji a message that he is coming to visit at six o'clock?

5. Why doesn't Eiji's grandfather meet him?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. Describe Eiji's dream about John Lennon and Lennon's song "#9 Dream".

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

5. 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?

6. How does Eiji's grandfather show that he approves of Eiji?

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

8. Why is the Nero's delivery truck driver with whom Eiji rides in Chapter Eight alone in his life instead of married?

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

10. Why does Suga take a new job in Texas and what gift does he give Eiji upon departing for his new position?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss how the fictional manuscript about Goatwriter that Eiji finds and reads in Chapter Five is an allegory of Eiji's own experiences. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Family is an important concept in Number Nine Dream. Compare and contrast Eiji's relationships with his real family members with his relationships with his Tokyo friends who become a substitute family to him. What do you think the author is saying through Eiji's relationships about family?

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