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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. When dis Koru and Kumiko Okada stop taking to Kumiko's parents?
2. How does May Kasahara describe her love life in Chapter 5?
3. Who saves Lieutenant Mamiya from the dry well where the Mongolian soldiers leave him?
4. Who eventually rescues Toru from the well?
5. How does May's visit to the bottom of the well affect her self image?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens when Toru goes to the appointed address in Chapter 4?
2. How does the infant Nutmeg nearly killed in the story of Chapter 9?
3. Describe Toru Okada's life at the beginning of the novel.
4. Why does Creta Kano become a prostitute?
5. Describe the interchange Toru has with the woman on the bench in Chapter 2?
6. How does May Kasahara describe her situation in Chapter 5?
7. What is the Clumsy Massacre of Chapter 9?
8. Describe the marital tiff the Okada's have as related in Chapter 9?
9. What two requests does Creta Kano make of Toru Okada in Chapter 14 and how does he respond?
10. Describe Toru Okada's dream in Chapter 2.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
In The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, the protagonist Toru Okada is said to be inextricably linked to the antagonist Noboru Wataya. When one character succeeds, the other fails and vice versa. Write an essay about this connection and how it manifests itself in the plot of the novel. What Is happening in Noboru Wataya's life as Toru Okada is facing the travails of losing his wife? What secrets is Noboru trying to hide, and how does Toru get the upper hand with these secrets? What is the standing of each man at the end of the novel?
Essay Topic 3
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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