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. Where does Toru's Chapter 8 dream take place?

2. What does the factory where May Kasahara works produce?

3. What does Malta Kano do on her international travels?

4. Who dies in Chapter 1?

5. Why does Mamiya say he is no longer afraid of dying?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the unnamed boy see in Chapter 3?

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

3. Describe Nutmeg.

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

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

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

7. What strange event happens involving a bar folk singer in Chapter 7?

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

9. Why does Toru Okada choose to go into the well behind the old Miyawaki house?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

In The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami juxtaposes the fantastical with a sort of general malaise that permeates modern Japanese society. Write an essay about this general malaise, describing how it manifests itself in the business world, in politics, and in popular culture. How do both Toru Okada and May Kasahara choose to ignore this malaise? Do they drop out of society? Conclude by discussing how this portrait of Japan reflect the Lost Decade in which the novel is set.

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