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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. When dis Koru and Kumiko Okada stop taking to Kumiko's parents?

2. What does Malta Kano assure Toru Okada that he will find at the end of their meeting?

3. After how many days of people-watching does Toru Okada see the man with the guitar case?

4. Who eventually rescues Toru from the well?

5. In Chapter 7, what comes and goes from the "hanging house" with odd regularity?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Creta Kano become a prostitute?

3. Why is a local tabloid so concerned with the the Miyawaki house in Chapter 7?

4. How does Kumiko explain her own disappearance in her letter of Chapter 11?

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

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

7. What happens when Toru goes to the appointed address in Chapter 4?

8. Describe the marital tiff the Okada's have as related in Chapter 9?

9. Describe the interchange Toru has with the woman on the bench in Chapter 2?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Communication is a tricky and prevalent theme in the novel. Toru Okada is bombarded with new acquaintances in nearly every chapter of the novel, and they come top him in many different ways. Write an essay, outlining the different ways in which people make contact with the protagonist of the novel. How are the telephone, mail, dreams, and an early internet chat program all utilized? How does this menagerie of different forms of communication lead to ambiguity regarding how is communicating with whom?

Essay Topic 2

Haruki Murakami's novels almost always involve grown men who have not fully developed emotionally and several strong-willed women who force them to question their world-views. Write an essay about Toru Okada's relationship with the women of the novel. How is Toru's emotional growth stunted at the beginning of the novel? What shattering event forces him from his torpor at the beginning of the novel? Choose three women who enter his life after this event and discuss their relationship to him.

Essay Topic 3

In The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami juxtaposes the fantastical with a sort of general malaise that permeates modern Japanese society. Write an essay about this general malaise, describing how it manifests itself in the business world, in politics, and in popular culture. How do both Toru Okada and May Kasahara choose to ignore this malaise? Do they drop out of society? Conclude by discussing how this portrait of Japan reflect the Lost Decade in which the novel is set.

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