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Mid-Book 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 does Toru Okada rationalize his wife's curtness to him in Chapter 2?

2. Who is the protagonist of Chapter 3?

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

4. Where do Kumiko and Toru Okada meet for their first date?

5. What does Toru Okada use to climb down into the well at the end of Chapter 5?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 22, what does Kumiko say about her current state of mind?

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

3. How does May Kasahara express her attitude to her wigs in Chapter 15?

4. What two bits of strange information does Malta Kano provide Toru in Chapter 30?

5. What problem does Ushikawa admit with Kumiko's meeting Toru, and how does he solve it in Chapter 19?

6. What does Noboru Wataya want to say to Toru Okada in Chapter 3?

7. What war atrocity occurs in Chapter 26's story?

8. Who does M consult a healer in Chapter 12?

9. What does Toru realize about his marriage to Kumiko in Chapter 34?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Lieutenant Mamiya has perhaps the most extended personal narrative of the novel after Toru Okada. By the end of the novel, we know exactly what happened to Mamiya, in detail during the war. Write an essay, beginning with an overview of the travails this man faced in China, Mongolia, and Eastern Russia. ow did he survive, and what malicious figure continued to cross paths with him? What experience did Mamiya have in the war that was similar to Toru's? In conclusion, how is Mamiya's life a warning to Toru?

Essay Topic 2

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is a hodgepodge of different types of narrative forms, with some chapters wildly divergent from or seeming unrelated to, the central first-person narrative of Toru Okada. Write an essay about several chapters that are different from the main narrative. How do they connect to this central narrative? What story do they tell? Is there a particular theme that these other chapters serve to illuminate?

Part 1) The tabloid articles.

Part 2) The letters from the factory town.

Part 3) The third person chapters.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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