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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. Who is the protagonist of Chapter 3?

2. What changes about the style of writing in Chapter 3?

3. How long ago was the last time Noboru Wataya and Toru Okada met as of Chapter 3?

4. Who is the prophesied caller beginning with "O" that calls Toru Okada in Chapter 1?

5. Where is May Kasahara's family when Toru visits in Chapter 15?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Toru Okada's dream at the end of Chapter 16?

2. In the story of Chapter 13, why does the Russian commander choose not to kill Lieutenant Mamiya?

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

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

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

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

7. What financial decision does Toru Okada make at the beginning of Book 3?

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

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

10. Describe the interchange Toru has with the woman on the bench 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

The world of Murakami's novel is one in which the spiritually powerful are revered. No one questions the validity of their abilities. In an essay, write about three spiritual seers/healers. What is their place in the plot, and how do they become necessary to other people's lives? With whom in the novel does each interact, and what service do they perform? Is each character viewed by the reader as benevolent or dangerous?

Part 1) Mr. Honda.

Part 2) Malta Kano.

Part 3) Nutmeg.

Essay Topic 3

Kumiko Okada is one of the more enigmatic and yet dynamic characters in Murakimi's novel. She is decisive in her actions throughout but unclear, often, in her motivations. Write an essay about Kumiko's development is a character, focusing on three topics below:

Part 1) What is Kumiko's childhood like, including her relationships with both her brother and parents? What tragedy does Kumiko have to endure early in her life? How does it affect her family? Lastly, what does this childhood mean in terms of her adult life? What secrets must she bear?

Part 2) Why does Kumiko say that she chooses to leave Toru Okada? Write an essay analyzing why a simple act of infidelity spurs her to end her marriage entirely. What does Kumiko discover about herself that she did not know when she married Toru?

Part 3) What happens to Kumiko at the end of the novel, and how is this final turn of events connected both to her childhood and her decision to marry Toru? Conclude the essay by tracking Kumiko's motivation up to this point.

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