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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

The world of Murakami's novel is one in which the spiritually powerful are revered. No one questions the validity of their abilities. In an essay, write about three spiritual seers/healers. What is their place in the plot, and how do they become necessary to other people's lives? With whom in the novel does each interact, and what service do they perform? Is each character viewed by the reader as benevolent or dangerous?

Part 1) Mr. Honda.

Part 2) Malta Kano.

Part 3) Nutmeg.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Haruki Murakami's novels almost always involve grown men who have not fully developed emotionally and several strong-willed women who force them to question their world-views. Write an essay about Toru Okada's relationship with the women of the novel. How is Toru's emotional growth stunted at the beginning of the novel? What shattering event forces him from his torpor at the beginning of the novel? Choose three women who enter his life after this event and discuss their relationship to him.

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