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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 end of Chapter 2, Malta Kano calls Toru Okada to set up a meeting between him and whom?

2. Why does Mamiya say he is no longer afraid of dying?

3. What does May Kasahara do before leaving the well at the end of Chapter 9?

4. When Toru Okada is certain Kumiko is gone at the beginning of Book 2, what does he discover she has taken with her?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the Clumsy Massacre of Chapter 9?

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

4. Describe Nutmeg.

5. What does Noboru Wataya want to say to Toru Okada in Chapter 3?

6. Describe the interchange Toru has with the woman on the bench in Chapter 2?

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

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

9. What does Toru Okada discover while shaving in Chapter 12?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Haruki Murakami's novels almost always involve grown men who have not fully developed emotionally and several strong-willed women who force them to question their world-views. Write an essay about Toru Okada's relationship with the women of the novel. How is Toru's emotional growth stunted at the beginning of the novel? What shattering event forces him from his torpor at the beginning of the novel? Choose three women who enter his life after this event and discuss their relationship to him.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Communication is a tricky and prevalent theme in the novel. Toru Okada is bombarded with new acquaintances in nearly every chapter of the novel, and they come top him in many different ways. Write an essay, outlining the different ways in which people make contact with the protagonist of the novel. How are the telephone, mail, dreams, and an early internet chat program all utilized? How does this menagerie of different forms of communication lead to ambiguity regarding how is communicating with whom?

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