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. Which of the following descriptors is not used in Chapter 20 in relation to Nutmeg's husband?

2. What advise does Mamiya leave Toru with in Chapter 32?

3. In Chapter 11, what does the boy find in the buried bag?

4. Where is Nutmeg's husband murdered?

5. Who is Yoshitaka Wataya?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What questions about The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle does Toru have in Chapter 27?

3. How does Lieutenant Mamiya meet Boris the Manskinner for the second time?

4. Why is Toru content in Chapter 25?

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

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

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

8. Describe Mamiya's assassination attempt on Boris in Chapter 32.

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

10. How is Toru implicated in an assassination attempt in Chapter 33?

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

Communication is a tricky and prevalent theme in the novel. Toru Okada is bombarded with new acquaintances in nearly every chapter of the novel, and they come top him in many different ways. Write an essay, outlining the different ways in which people make contact with the protagonist of the novel. How are the telephone, mail, dreams, and an early internet chat program all utilized? How does this menagerie of different forms of communication lead to ambiguity regarding how is communicating with whom?

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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