The Wind-up Bird Chronicle Test | 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. Why is Kumiko uncomfortable the first time she has sex with Toru?

2. Why did Creta Kano couple with Toru in his dream?

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

4. What changes about the style of writing in Chapter 3?

5. What animal inhabits the disgusting island that is the subject of Toru Okada's metaphorical story in Chapter 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Toru Okada stay in the well longer than he intended?

2. Describe the interchange Toru has with the woman on the bench in Chapter 2?

3. Describe Toru Okada's life at the beginning of the novel.

4. How does May Kasahara describe her situation in Chapter 5?

5. What does Toru Okada discover while shaving in Chapter 12?

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

7. What financial decision does Toru Okada make at the beginning of Book 3?

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

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

10. Describe Toru Okada's dream in Chapter 2.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Dreams play a key role in the advancing of plot in Murakami's novel. Write an essay, discussing the role that dreams play in Toru Okada's journey. Who does he meet while in a dream state? What new information does he gain from these dreams? Write a paragraph about each type of dream the Toru has over the course of the novel. As a conclusion, discuss whether the dream-world of the novel has any concrete bearing on the waking world.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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