The Wind-up Bird Chronicle Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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