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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why are the mountains an ideal place for the wig factory?
2. What advise does Mamiya leave Toru with in Chapter 32?
3. What superlative does Toru use to describe Ushikawa in Chapter 13?
4. What personal question does Toru Okada ask Kumiko in their internet chat in Chapter 22?
5. What company purchase at a local high-end hotel is mentioned with particular gravity in Chapter 21?
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 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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