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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 long does the American submarine in Chapter 9 give the Japanese transport before it fires in it?

2. Who is the protagonist of Chapter 3?

3. What town is Toru Okada in when Kumiko call to tell him she had an abortion?

4. What is the style of writing that Chapter 7 is supposed to be?

5. What does Toru decide he needs to purchase at the end of Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. What story about a house in Koru Okada's neighborhood does his uncle tell in Chapter 10?

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

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

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

5. Why is a local tabloid so concerned with the the Miyawaki house in Chapter 7?

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

7. What does the unnamed boy see in Chapter 3?

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

9. Describe Kumiko and Toru Okada's first date.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is a n example of magical realist literature. In it, the fantastical and the realistic intermingle without indication that this is strange in any way. Write an essay about this intermingling, using Toru Okada as a surrogate for the reader. What fantastical events does Toru experience, and how does he react to them? Is he shocked, or are they seamlessly integrated into the rest of his life? What function do these events serve in his day to day existence?

Essay Topic 3

The central antagonist of the novel is Noboru Wataya, a generally unpleasant but popular politician. Write an essay exploring the character arc of Noboru Wataya. How does he go from malcontent intellectual to beloved politician in such a short period? What is his opinion of Toru Okaka, and Toru's opinion of him? Describe the initial secret that Toru knows about Noboru and how this secret gives rise to a much large incrimination of Noboru Wataya. In the end, does Noboru get what he deserves?

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