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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 a reminiscence in Chapter 9, why does Kumiko refuse to speak to Toru Okada for three days?
2. What is Toru Okada's duty working with May Kasahara in Chapter 9?
3. Where is May Kasahara's family when Toru visits in Chapter 15?
4. What object does Toru Okada discover in the well in Chapter 8?
5. At the beginning of Chapter 11, what does Toru remember doing with his father as a child?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Toru Okada's life at the beginning of the novel.
2. How does May Kasahara describe her situation in Chapter 5?
3. What does Toru Okada discover while shaving in Chapter 12?
4. Why is Lieutenant Mamiya uncomfortable with his mission with Yanamoto?
5. What financial decision does Toru Okada make at the beginning of Book 3?
6. Why does Toru Okada choose to go into the well behind the old Miyawaki house?
7. Describe Kumiko and Toru Okada's first date.
8. In the story of Chapter 13, why does the Russian commander choose not to kill Lieutenant Mamiya?
9. What is the Clumsy Massacre of Chapter 9?
10. How does pain return to Creta Kano's life?
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
In the Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, the central protagonist is Toru Okada, but the character of May Kasahara provides a tertiary plot-line that mirrors Toru's. Write an essay about May Kasahara's story. What adversity does she face, and how did this come about? Thematically, how is her story similar to Toru Okada's? What is the nature of her alienation, and how does she overcome it? Conclude the essay by explaining how May's story ends similarly to Toru's.
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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