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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. In Chapter 11, Toru Okada is surprised to find packaging for what in his waste-basket?
2. How many years after Kumiko and Toru are married does she become unexpectedly pregnant?
3. How does May's visit to the bottom of the well affect her self image?
4. What does the shorter of the two men in Chapter 3 do while the protagonist watches?
5. What does the factory where May Kasahara works produce?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Nutmeg.
2. Why does Toru Okada stay in the well longer than he intended?
3. How does May Kasahara describe her situation in Chapter 5?
4. Describe Toru Okada's dream in Chapter 2.
5. What does Noboru Wataya want to say to Toru Okada in Chapter 3?
6. What painful admission does May Kasahara make in Chapter 15?
7. Why are the Okadas estranged from the Watayas?
8. Describe the interchange Toru has with the woman on the bench in Chapter 2?
9. What information does Malt Kano provide Toru Okada in their first meeting in Chapter 3?
10. What story about a house in Koru Okada's neighborhood does his uncle tell in Chapter 10?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Regularly throughout the novel, characters discover something deeply spiritual about themselves, brought about by their close proximity to death. Write an essay about three of these instances and their meaning in the novel:
Part 1) Describe the harrowing experience Lieutenant Mamiya experiences in Mongolia. How is he affected by his day in the dry well before being rescued? What changed in his outlook of the world?
Part 2) At what point does Creta Kano, after years of constant and unremitting pain, achieve some type of relief? What does this transition have to do with a proximity to death? How is this change connected to her eventual, more ethereal profession?
Part 3) When does Toru Okada develop the blue-black mark on his face? What traumatic and somewhat dangerous occurrence does this follow? What new and spiritual powers does this mark seem to imbue Toru with?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
Lieutenant Mamiya has perhaps the most extended personal narrative of the novel after Toru Okada. By the end of the novel, we know exactly what happened to Mamiya, in detail during the war. Write an essay, beginning with an overview of the travails this man faced in China, Mongolia, and Eastern Russia. ow did he survive, and what malicious figure continued to cross paths with him? What experience did Mamiya have in the war that was similar to Toru's? In conclusion, how is Mamiya's life a warning to Toru?
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