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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 era does Creta Kano's style of dress remind Toru Okada of?

2. What does the factory where May Kasahara works produce?

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

4. Where do Kumiko and Toru Okada meet for their first date?

5. What similarity exists between the veterinarian in Chapter 9 and Toru Okada?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the Clumsy Massacre of Chapter 9?

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

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

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

6. Describe Kumiko and Toru Okada's first date.

7. Why does Toru Okada choose to go into the well behind the old Miyawaki house?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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