Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz 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?
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is a vast menagerie of different storylines and themes. One theme that lingers beneath the surface of the central narrative is the legacy of the Second World War and its psychically wounding effect. Write an essay about the war's place in the novel, in two parts below:
Part 1) Write a paragraph about the veterinarian and his days in the Chinese zoo as the allies approach. How do the few events mentioned in the book about this man indicate an absurd force driving the war? What does Murakami mean to get across about the war by the fact that these stories are told by two characters that never fought in World War Two?
Part 2) Write a paragraph about the war stories of Lieutenant Mamiya. To what extent does Mamiya's narrative illustrate the brutal realities of war? How have these experiences affected Mamiya is the War's end? How are they a counterpoint to the stories of the veterinarian?
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?
Much of the important action of the novel, including the climax, occurs not in the real world, but in dreams and in a sort of metaphysical hotel. Write an essay about these events that occur in a sub- or supernatural world, focusing on three of them:
Part 1) When Creta Kano appears to Toru Okada, and the two have sex, how is this more than a mere erotic dream? Why does it affect both of them in their waking lives? In analyzing this sexual encounter, explain what Creta Kano's profession is, and how it relates. Why does she come to Toru's dream?
Part 2) Write a paragraph describing Toru Okada's first trip to the metaphysical hotel. What is he doing in the real, waking world that allows him entry? When Toru emerges, what has changed about him? Is this change emotional or physical?
Part 3) Describe the climax of the novel as it takes place in the hotel. What very real dangers does Toru Okada face and what achievement does he have in his conflict with Noboru Wataya? What does he understand by the end? How are his actions in the hotel reflected in his waking life?
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