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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 errand is Toru Okada running at the beginning of Chapter 7?

2. How did May Kasahara cause her boyfriend's death?

3. How does Toru Okada rationalize his wife's curtness to him in Chapter 2?

4. Who tells the story of the massacre in Chapter 9?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What two requests does Creta Kano make of Toru Okada in Chapter 14 and how does he respond?

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

4. What does the unnamed boy see in Chapter 3?

5. How does pain return to Creta Kano's life?

6. What is the Clumsy Massacre of Chapter 9?

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

8. Why does Creta Kano become a prostitute?

9. Why is Lieutenant Mamiya uncomfortable with his mission with Yanamoto?

10. Why do Koru and Kumiko Okada meet with Mr. Honda?

Essay Topics

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

In The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, the protagonist Toru Okada is said to be inextricably linked to the antagonist Noboru Wataya. When one character succeeds, the other fails and vice versa. Write an essay about this connection and how it manifests itself in the plot of the novel. What Is happening in Noboru Wataya's life as Toru Okada is facing the travails of losing his wife? What secrets is Noboru trying to hide, and how does Toru get the upper hand with these secrets? What is the standing of each man at the end of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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