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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

In the Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, the central protagonist is Toru Okada, but the character of May Kasahara provides a tertiary plot-line that mirrors Toru's. Write an essay about May Kasahara's story. What adversity does she face, and how did this come about? Thematically, how is her story similar to Toru Okada's? What is the nature of her alienation, and how does she overcome it? Conclude the essay by explaining how May's story ends similarly to Toru's.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about Nutmeg and Cinnamon. What is their function within the novel? Begin the essay by discussing their lives before meeting Toru Okada and how Nutmeg comes to be fascinated with the protagonist. What about the mother and son makes them unusual and eccentric? In the final paragraph, discuss the possibility that Cinnamon is the author of the novel. What is on his computer that would lead a reader to this conclusion?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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