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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. What sensation is Creta Kano surprised to feel when Noboru Wataya has sex with her?
2. How does Creta Kano explain her lack of clothes in the beginning of Chapter 13?
3. Who chooses the pseudonyms Nutmeg and Cinnamon?
4. What does Toru Okada use to climb down into the well at the end of Chapter 5?
5. For what problem has Kumiko sought the advice of Malta Kano in Chapter 3?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does May Kasahara remember about the Myawaki's in Chapter 28?
2. What painful admission does May Kasahara make in Chapter 15?
3. What two bits of strange information does Malta Kano provide Toru in Chapter 30?
4. What circle of connections does Toru Okada uncover in Chapter 23?
5. Describe the marital tiff the Okada's have as related in Chapter 9?
6. What does the tabloid in Chapter 21 determine about the dummy corporation that owns the hanging house?
7. What offer does Noboru Wataya make Toru Okada in Chapter 13?
8. What story about a house in Koru Okada's neighborhood does his uncle tell in Chapter 10?
9. Why is Lieutenant Mamiya uncomfortable with his mission with Yanamoto?
10. Why does Toru Okada choose to go into the well behind the old Miyawaki house?
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
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.
Essay Topic 3
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is a vast menagerie of different storylines and themes. One theme that lingers beneath the surface of the central narrative is the legacy of the Second World War and its psychically wounding effect. Write an essay about the war's place in the novel, in two parts below:
Part 1) Write a paragraph about the veterinarian and his days in the Chinese zoo as the allies approach. How do the few events mentioned in the book about this man indicate an absurd force driving the war? What does Murakami mean to get across about the war by the fact that these stories are told by two characters that never fought in World War Two?
Part 2) Write a paragraph about the war stories of Lieutenant Mamiya. To what extent does Mamiya's narrative illustrate the brutal realities of war? How have these experiences affected Mamiya is the War's end? How are they a counterpoint to the stories of the veterinarian?
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