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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 the beginning of Book 3, why does Toru suspect he has not heard from Kumiko?

2. In Chapter 8, how does Creta Kano say she eventually managed to pay off her debts?

3. How does May Kasahara describe her love life in Chapter 5?

4. What is Toru Okada cooking when he first receives a call from the mysterious woman in Chapter 1?

5. In Chapter 11, Toru Okada is surprised to find packaging for what in his waste-basket?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Toru Okada stay in the well longer than he intended?

3. Describe Toru Okada's dream in Chapter 2.

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

5. Why are the Okadas estranged from the Watayas?

6. What painful admission does May Kasahara make in Chapter 15?

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

8. How does May Kasahara describe her situation in Chapter 5?

9. What financial decision does Toru Okada make at the beginning of Book 3?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, beginning even with its title, is a novel that draws mystically from the animal world. Animals serve as harbingers and, to some extent, good-will ambassadors. Write an essay on the roles of three animals in the book. How is each animal introduced? What is its purpose, and how does this purpose become clear by the end of the novel? Does the appearance of this animal have positive or negative connotations?

Part 1) The ducks by May Kasahara's factory

Part 2) Toru's cat

Part 3) The Wind-Up Bird

Essay Topic 3

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.

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