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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. What is the style of writing that Chapter 7 is supposed to be?

2. What object does Toru Okada discover in the well in Chapter 8?

3. After how many days of people-watching does Toru Okada see the man with the guitar case?

4. Who is Malta Kano looking for when she calls Toru Okada at the beginning of Chapter 12?

5. In a letter Toru receives in Chapter 11, who does Kumiko say she is having an affair with?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Creta Kano become a prostitute?

2. Describe Kumiko and Toru Okada's first date.

3. How does pain return to Creta Kano's life?

4. What information does Malt Kano provide Toru Okada in their first meeting in Chapter 3?

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

6. How does the infant Nutmeg nearly killed in the story of Chapter 9?

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

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

9. Why is Lieutenant Mamiya uncomfortable with his mission with Yanamoto?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is replete with images of imperiled children such as young Nutmeg, Kumiko, and her sister, Cinnamon. Write an essay about the world of the novel as a place when the innocent are not safe, focusing on three wounded adults who are trying to escape childhood traumas. What trauma is each trying to escape? How does this fear lead each to make an equally destructive choice in adulthood? In conclusion, what is Murakami saying about the relationship between childhood and adulthood?

Essay Topic 2

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, beginning even with its title, is a novel that draws mystically from the animal world. Animals serve as harbingers and, to some extent, good-will ambassadors. Write an essay on the roles of three animals in the book. How is each animal introduced? What is its purpose, and how does this purpose become clear by the end of the novel? Does the appearance of this animal have positive or negative connotations?

Part 1) The ducks by May Kasahara's factory

Part 2) Toru's cat

Part 3) The Wind-Up Bird

Essay Topic 3

Perhaps the most central theme of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is the interconnectedness of humanity and the impossibility of escaping said interconnectedness. Write an essay about several characters' attempts to distance themselves from humanity and how they are pulled back:

Part 1) Why does Kumiko try to alienate herself from her family? How does she go about doing this, and how is she pulled back into the Wataya sphere? To what extent is Kumiko destroyed emotionally and existentially by her return to her family?

Part 2) Why does May Kasahara choose to leave Tokyo, and where does she go? Is this flight indicative of a desire to be separated from the society at large? Who is the only person with whom she maintains communication? How does she rediscover her interconnectedness with society?

Part 3) How is Toru Okada the definition of social alienation at the beginning of the novel? Who does he have in his life, and what does he do with his days? Write out the steps by which he leaves his house and accepts other into his life.

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