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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. When dis Koru and Kumiko Okada stop taking to Kumiko's parents?

2. Why can the protagonist clearly see two figures in the night in Chapter 3?

3. What does May Kasahara invite Toru Okada to do the following day in Chapter 5?

4. How did May Kasahara cause her boyfriend's death?

5. In his letter in Chapter 4, Mamiya says that - when he was at the bottom of the well in Mongolia - he believes something what living in what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are the Okadas estranged from the Watayas?

2. In the story of Chapter 13, why does the Russian commander choose not to kill Lieutenant Mamiya?

3. What strange event happens involving a bar folk singer in Chapter 7?

4. Why do Koru and Kumiko Okada meet with Mr. Honda?

5. What does the unnamed boy see in Chapter 3?

6. What story about a house in Koru Okada's neighborhood does his uncle tell in Chapter 10?

7. Why does Toru Okada choose to go into the well behind the old Miyawaki house?

8. What two requests does Creta Kano make of Toru Okada in Chapter 14 and how does he respond?

9. How does the infant Nutmeg nearly killed in the story of Chapter 9?

10. What information does Malt Kano provide Toru Okada in their first meeting in Chapter 3?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, the protagonist Toru Okada is said to be inextricably linked to the antagonist Noboru Wataya. When one character succeeds, the other fails and vice versa. Write an essay about this connection and how it manifests itself in the plot of the novel. What Is happening in Noboru Wataya's life as Toru Okada is facing the travails of losing his wife? What secrets is Noboru trying to hide, and how does Toru get the upper hand with these secrets? What is the standing of each man at the end of the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Regularly throughout the novel, characters discover something deeply spiritual about themselves, brought about by their close proximity to death. Write an essay about three of these instances and their meaning in the novel:

Part 1) Describe the harrowing experience Lieutenant Mamiya experiences in Mongolia. How is he affected by his day in the dry well before being rescued? What changed in his outlook of the world?

Part 2) At what point does Creta Kano, after years of constant and unremitting pain, achieve some type of relief? What does this transition have to do with a proximity to death? How is this change connected to her eventual, more ethereal profession?

Part 3) When does Toru Okada develop the blue-black mark on his face? What traumatic and somewhat dangerous occurrence does this follow? What new and spiritual powers does this mark seem to imbue Toru with?

Essay Topic 3

The central antagonist of the novel is Noboru Wataya, a generally unpleasant but popular politician. Write an essay exploring the character arc of Noboru Wataya. How does he go from malcontent intellectual to beloved politician in such a short period? What is his opinion of Toru Okaka, and Toru's opinion of him? Describe the initial secret that Toru knows about Noboru and how this secret gives rise to a much large incrimination of Noboru Wataya. In the end, does Noboru get what he deserves?

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