The Narrow Road to the Deep North Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. How is Nakamura's death haiku related?

2. What word from Section 3 refers to a person who leads an austerely simple life dedicated to the pursuit of contemplative ideals?

3. What does the Goanna long for in the moments before he dies in Section 4, Chapter 8?

4. What object is buried with Amy when she dies?

5. Who is among the witnesses against the Goanna during his trial?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is discovered when Colonel Kota orders the prisoners to be counted in Section 3, Chapter 19?

2. How is the significance of Jimmy Bigelow's bugle revealed in Section 5, Chapter 14? What happens to the bugle?

3. What does Tomokawa remark about the war and the treatment of prisoners in Section 5, Chapter 5?

4. What are Amy's current circumstances like in Section 5, Chapter 10?

5. Where do Jimmy Bigelow and other former POWs go to pay homage to Darky Gardiner after the war in Section 4, Chapter 5? What do they do?

6. Where is Nakamura living in the beginning of Section 4, Chapter 1? How are his circumstances described?

7. How are Dorrigo's circumstances described in Section 5, Chapter 3?

8. How is Nakamura's death described in Section 5, Chapter 5? What final haiku has he written?

9. What stops Colonel Kota from beheading Darky in Section 3, Chapter 15?

10. What circumstances does the Goanna face in Section 4, Chapter 3?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Hitler’s role in World War II, the political views of Hitler and those seen in the Japanese Empire, and the depiction of Hitler and Nazism in The Narrow Road to the Deep North. When did Hitler write Mein Kampf? What ideologies are described in this work? Why is Rooster MacNeice reading and memorizing this book?

Essay Topic 2

Define and discuss the concept of “conservative humanism.” Why is Dorrigo labeled a conservative humanist? What does this label mean? Do you agree with the viewpoints of conservative humanism? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the themes of culpability, responsibility, and history in the novel. Do you think that the Japanese characters in the story accept their culpability for the horrors visited on the POWs? Why or why not? How does the Goanna view his own responsibility for the crimes he is convicted of?

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