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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 Okada find his necktie in Chapter 4?
2. What horrific action does the man with the guitar case undertake in Toru's dream in Chapter 16?
3. In his letter in Chapter 4, Mamiya says that - when he was at the bottom of the well in Mongolia - he believes something what living in what?
4. How does Creta Kano explain her lack of clothes in the beginning of Chapter 13?
5. What changes about the style of writing in Chapter 3?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does May Kasahara describe her situation in Chapter 5?
2. Why does Toru Okada choose to go into the well behind the old Miyawaki house?
3. What painful admission does May Kasahara make in Chapter 15?
4. In the story of Chapter 13, why does the Russian commander choose not to kill Lieutenant Mamiya?
5. Describe Nutmeg.
6. What story about a house in Koru Okada's neighborhood does his uncle tell in Chapter 10?
7. Describe the interchange Toru has with the woman on the bench in Chapter 2?
8. What financial decision does Toru Okada make at the beginning of Book 3?
9. What is the Clumsy Massacre of Chapter 9?
10. Describe Toru Okada's dream at the end of Chapter 16?
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
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, 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?
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