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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. How does Toru Okada rationalize his wife's curtness to him in Chapter 2?
2. Who is the protagonist of Chapter 3?
3. What does May Kasahara invite Toru Okada to do the following day in Chapter 5?
4. Where do Kumiko and Toru Okada meet for their first date?
5. What does Toru Okada use to climb down into the well at the end of Chapter 5?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Chapter 22, what does Kumiko say about her current state of mind?
2. What two requests does Creta Kano make of Toru Okada in Chapter 14 and how does he respond?
3. How does May Kasahara express her attitude to her wigs in Chapter 15?
4. What two bits of strange information does Malta Kano provide Toru in Chapter 30?
5. What problem does Ushikawa admit with Kumiko's meeting Toru, and how does he solve it in Chapter 19?
6. What does Noboru Wataya want to say to Toru Okada in Chapter 3?
7. What war atrocity occurs in Chapter 26's story?
8. Who does M consult a healer in Chapter 12?
9. What does Toru realize about his marriage to Kumiko in Chapter 34?
10. What does the unnamed boy see in Chapter 3?
Essay Topic 1
Write an essay about Nutmeg and Cinnamon. What is their function within the novel? Begin the essay by discussing their lives before meeting Toru Okada and how Nutmeg comes to be fascinated with the protagonist. What about the mother and son makes them unusual and eccentric? In the final paragraph, discuss the possibility that Cinnamon is the author of the novel. What is on his computer that would lead a reader to this conclusion?
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
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is a vast menagerie of different storylines and themes. One theme that lingers beneath the surface of the central narrative is the legacy of the Second World War and its psychically wounding effect. Write an essay about the war's place in the novel, in two parts below:
Part 1) Write a paragraph about the veterinarian and his days in the Chinese zoo as the allies approach. How do the few events mentioned in the book about this man indicate an absurd force driving the war? What does Murakami mean to get across about the war by the fact that these stories are told by two characters that never fought in World War Two?
Part 2) Write a paragraph about the war stories of Lieutenant Mamiya. To what extent does Mamiya's narrative illustrate the brutal realities of war? How have these experiences affected Mamiya is the War's end? How are they a counterpoint to the stories of the veterinarian?
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