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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. Why did Creta Kano couple with Toru in his dream?
2. How does May's visit to the bottom of the well affect her self image?
3. What remembrance from the dead Honda does Lieutenant Mamiya give Toru Okada at the end of Chapter 13?
4. At the end of Chapter 2, Malta Kano calls Toru Okada to set up a meeting between him and whom?
5. What does Toru admit to May Kasahara in Chapter 10?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Chapter 22, what does Kumiko say about her current state of mind?
2. What war atrocity occurs in Chapter 26's story?
3. Why is Toru content in Chapter 25?
4. Describe Toru Okada's dream at the end of Chapter 16?
5. What two bits of strange information does Malta Kano provide Toru in Chapter 30?
6. What does Noboru Wataya want to say to Toru Okada in Chapter 3?
7. How does Toru overcome Noboru Wataya in Chapter 35?
8. Describe Mamiya's assassination attempt on Boris in Chapter 32.
9. Who does M consult a healer in Chapter 12?
10. Why does Toru Okada choose to go into the well behind the old Miyawaki house?
Essay Topic 1
Kumiko Okada is one of the more enigmatic and yet dynamic characters in Murakimi's novel. She is decisive in her actions throughout but unclear, often, in her motivations. Write an essay about Kumiko's development is a character, focusing on three topics below:
Part 1) What is Kumiko's childhood like, including her relationships with both her brother and parents? What tragedy does Kumiko have to endure early in her life? How does it affect her family? Lastly, what does this childhood mean in terms of her adult life? What secrets must she bear?
Part 2) Why does Kumiko say that she chooses to leave Toru Okada? Write an essay analyzing why a simple act of infidelity spurs her to end her marriage entirely. What does Kumiko discover about herself that she did not know when she married Toru?
Part 3) What happens to Kumiko at the end of the novel, and how is this final turn of events connected both to her childhood and her decision to marry Toru? Conclude the essay by tracking Kumiko's motivation up to this point.
Essay Topic 2
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is replete with images of imperiled children such as young Nutmeg, Kumiko, and her sister, Cinnamon. Write an essay about the world of the novel as a place when the innocent are not safe, focusing on three wounded adults who are trying to escape childhood traumas. What trauma is each trying to escape? How does this fear lead each to make an equally destructive choice in adulthood? In conclusion, what is Murakami saying about the relationship between childhood and adulthood?
Essay Topic 3
The world of Murakami's novel is one in which the spiritually powerful are revered. No one questions the validity of their abilities. In an essay, write about three spiritual seers/healers. What is their place in the plot, and how do they become necessary to other people's lives? With whom in the novel does each interact, and what service do they perform? Is each character viewed by the reader as benevolent or dangerous?
Part 1) Mr. Honda.
Part 2) Malta Kano.
Part 3) Nutmeg.
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