The Wind-up Bird Chronicle Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Why is Mamiya eventually released from the prison camp in Chapter 32?

2. In Chapter 20, what does Nutmeg's mother sell in order to enroll her daughter in fashion school?

3. What part of her first client's body did Nutmeg touch to heal her?

4. What has happened to Noboru Wataya in the realm of the hotel in Chapter 33?

5. Why is Mamiya given more access to the Russian camp than most Japanese prisoners in his Chapter 30 letter?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does May Kasahar's worldview change in Chapter 36?

2. What happens to Noboru Wataya in Chapter 37?

3. What does May Kasahara remember about the Myawaki's in Chapter 28?

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

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

6. Why is Toru content in Chapter 25?

7. Describe Cinnamon.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dreams play a key role in the advancing of plot in Murakami's novel. Write an essay, discussing the role that dreams play in Toru Okada's journey. Who does he meet while in a dream state? What new information does he gain from these dreams? Write a paragraph about each type of dream the Toru has over the course of the novel. As a conclusion, discuss whether the dream-world of the novel has any concrete bearing on the waking world.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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