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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. At the beginning of Chapter 11, what does Toru remember doing with his father as a child?

2. What article of clothing does Toru Okada agree to wear to his meeting with Malta Cano in Chapter 3?

3. In Chapter 12, Lieutenant Mamiya describes a secret mission he and Honda were a part of. What country did this mission illegally enter?

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

5. Who pulls the rope ladder up from the well in Chapter 9?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What questions about The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle does Toru have in Chapter 27?

3. What new offer does Ushikawa make to Toru Okada in Chapter 16?

4. What does the boy in Chapter 11 find in the bag and what does he do with it?

5. Who does M consult a healer in Chapter 12?

6. Describe Nutmeg.

7. Describe the marital tiff the Okada's have as related in Chapter 9?

8. Why are the Okadas estranged from the Watayas?

9. Describe Mamiya's assassination attempt on Boris in Chapter 32.

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

Essay 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

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is a hodgepodge of different types of narrative forms, with some chapters wildly divergent from or seeming unrelated to, the central first-person narrative of Toru Okada. Write an essay about several chapters that are different from the main narrative. How do they connect to this central narrative? What story do they tell? Is there a particular theme that these other chapters serve to illuminate?

Part 1) The tabloid articles.

Part 2) The letters from the factory town.

Part 3) The third person chapters.

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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