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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 does Malta Kano do on her international travels?

2. Why does Toru's uncle suggest he look up Mr. Ichikawa in Chapter 12?

3. Who is the protagonist of Chapter 3?

4. In Chapter 14, Creta Kano states that she now considers her physically numb state from before she met Noboru Wataya to be what?

5. What does Creta Kano cook for breakfast in Chapter 13?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Nutmeg first discover her healing powers?

2. What plans do most women in May Kasahara's factory have?

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

4. What happens to Noboru Wataya in Chapter 37?

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

6. Describe Cinnamon.

7. That is Nutmeg's concern in Chapter 24?

8. Why are the Okadas estranged from the Watayas?

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

10. What sad reality does May Kasahara admit to in Chapter 18's letter?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, beginning even with its title, is a novel that draws mystically from the animal world. Animals serve as harbingers and, to some extent, good-will ambassadors. Write an essay on the roles of three animals in the book. How is each animal introduced? What is its purpose, and how does this purpose become clear by the end of the novel? Does the appearance of this animal have positive or negative connotations?

Part 1) The ducks by May Kasahara's factory

Part 2) Toru's cat

Part 3) The Wind-Up Bird

Essay Topic 3

Kumiko Okada is one of the more enigmatic and yet dynamic characters in Murakimi's novel. She is decisive in her actions throughout but unclear, often, in her motivations. Write an essay about Kumiko's development is a character, focusing on three topics below:

Part 1) What is Kumiko's childhood like, including her relationships with both her brother and parents? What tragedy does Kumiko have to endure early in her life? How does it affect her family? Lastly, what does this childhood mean in terms of her adult life? What secrets must she bear?

Part 2) Why does Kumiko say that she chooses to leave Toru Okada? Write an essay analyzing why a simple act of infidelity spurs her to end her marriage entirely. What does Kumiko discover about herself that she did not know when she married Toru?

Part 3) What happens to Kumiko at the end of the novel, and how is this final turn of events connected both to her childhood and her decision to marry Toru? Conclude the essay by tracking Kumiko's motivation up to this point.

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