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. How many secret healers does M consult in Chapter 12's article?

2. What sound awakens Toru at the end of Chapter 37?

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

4. Who warns Toru that his life is in danger in Chapter 33?

5. Where does Toru meet Malto Kano in Chapter 30?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Toru Okada's opinion of his wife change over the course of the novel?

2. Why is Toru content in Chapter 25?

3. What circle of connections does Toru Okada uncover in Chapter 23?

4. What happens to Noboru Wataya in Chapter 37?

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

6. What does the boy in Chapter 11 find in the bag and what does he do with it?

7. What plan does Kumiko reveal in Chapter 17?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is replete with images of imperiled children such as young Nutmeg, Kumiko, and her sister, Cinnamon. Write an essay about the world of the novel as a place when the innocent are not safe, focusing on three wounded adults who are trying to escape childhood traumas. What trauma is each trying to escape? How does this fear lead each to make an equally destructive choice in adulthood? In conclusion, what is Murakami saying about the relationship between childhood and adulthood?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about Nutmeg and Cinnamon. What is their function within the novel? Begin the essay by discussing their lives before meeting Toru Okada and how Nutmeg comes to be fascinated with the protagonist. What about the mother and son makes them unusual and eccentric? In the final paragraph, discuss the possibility that Cinnamon is the author of the novel. What is on his computer that would lead a reader to this conclusion?

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