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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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



2. Who is the protagonist of Chapter 3?



3. What does May Kasahara invite Toru Okada to do the following day in Chapter 5?



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



5. What does Toru Okada use to climb down into the well at the end of Chapter 5?



Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 22, what does Kumiko say about her current state of mind?



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



3. How does May Kasahara express her attitude to her wigs in Chapter 15?



4. What two bits of strange information does Malta Kano provide Toru in Chapter 30?



5. What problem does Ushikawa admit with Kumiko's meeting Toru, and how does he solve it in Chapter 19?



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



7. What war atrocity occurs in Chapter 26's story?



8. Who does M consult a healer in Chapter 12?



9. What does Toru realize about his marriage to Kumiko in Chapter 34?



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



Essay Topics

Much of the important action of the novel, including the climax, occurs not in the real world, but in dreams and in a sort of metaphysical hotel. Write an essay about these events that occur in a sub- or supernatural world, focusing on three of them:

Part 1) When Creta Kano appears to Toru Okada, and the two have sex, how is this more than a mere erotic dream? Why does it affect both of them in their waking lives? In analyzing this sexual encounter, explain what Creta Kano's profession is, and how it relates. Why does she come to Toru's dream?

Part 2) Write a paragraph describing Toru Okada's first trip to the metaphysical hotel. What is he doing in the real, waking world that allows him entry? When Toru emerges, what has changed about him? Is this change emotional or physical?

Part 3) Describe the climax of the novel as it takes place in the hotel. What very real dangers does Toru Okada face and what achievement does he have in his conflict with Noboru Wataya? What does he understand by the end? How are his actions in the hotel reflected in his waking life?

Perhaps the most central theme of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is the interconnectedness of humanity and the impossibility of escaping said interconnectedness. Write an essay about several characters' attempts to distance themselves from humanity and how they are pulled back:

Part 1) Why does Kumiko try to alienate herself from her family? How does she go about doing this, and how is she pulled back into the Wataya sphere? To what extent is Kumiko destroyed emotionally and existentially by her return to her family?

Part 2) Why does May Kasahara choose to leave Tokyo, and where does she go? Is this flight indicative of a desire to be separated from the society at large? Who is the only person with whom she maintains communication? How does she rediscover her interconnectedness with society?

Part 3) How is Toru Okada the definition of social alienation at the beginning of the novel? Who does he have in his life, and what does he do with his days? Write out the steps by which he leaves his house and accepts other into his life.

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is a n example of magical realist literature. In it, the fantastical and the realistic intermingle without indication that this is strange in any way. Write an essay about this intermingling, using Toru Okada as a surrogate for the reader. What fantastical events does Toru experience, and how does he react to them? Is he shocked, or are they seamlessly integrated into the rest of his life? What function do these events serve in his day to day existence?

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