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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 word do May's parents have to explain to her regarding the Miyawakis in Chapter 28?
2. What is Kumiko planning to do in Chapter 38?
3. What does May do the night when she feels genuinely happy?
4. How does Ushikawa get into Toru Okada's house in Chapter 13?
5. How does the lieutenant execute the last of the prisoners in Chapter 26?
Short Essay Questions
1. What new offer does Ushikawa make to Toru Okada in Chapter 16?
2. What sad reality does May Kasahara admit to in Chapter 18's letter?
3. What does the boy in Chapter 11 find in the bag and what does he do with it?
4. How did Nutmeg first discover her healing powers?
5. Who does M consult a healer in Chapter 12?
6. What happens to Noboru Wataya in Chapter 37?
7. What problem does Ushikawa admit with Kumiko's meeting Toru, and how does he solve it in Chapter 19?
8. How does May Kasahara express her attitude to her wigs in Chapter 15?
9. How does May Kasahar's worldview change in Chapter 36?
10. What plan does Kumiko reveal in Chapter 17?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The world of Murakami's novel is one in which the spiritually powerful are revered. No one questions the validity of their abilities. In an essay, write about three spiritual seers/healers. What is their place in the plot, and how do they become necessary to other people's lives? With whom in the novel does each interact, and what service do they perform? Is each character viewed by the reader as benevolent or dangerous?
Part 1) Mr. Honda.
Part 2) Malta Kano.
Part 3) Nutmeg.
Essay Topic 2
Perhaps the most central theme of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is the interconnectedness of humanity and the impossibility of escaping said interconnectedness. Write an essay about several characters' attempts to distance themselves from humanity and how they are pulled back:
Part 1) Why does Kumiko try to alienate herself from her family? How does she go about doing this, and how is she pulled back into the Wataya sphere? To what extent is Kumiko destroyed emotionally and existentially by her return to her family?
Part 2) Why does May Kasahara choose to leave Tokyo, and where does she go? Is this flight indicative of a desire to be separated from the society at large? Who is the only person with whom she maintains communication? How does she rediscover her interconnectedness with society?
Part 3) How is Toru Okada the definition of social alienation at the beginning of the novel? Who does he have in his life, and what does he do with his days? Write out the steps by which he leaves his house and accepts other into his life.
Essay Topic 3
Much of the important action of the novel, including the climax, occurs not in the real world, but in dreams and in a sort of metaphysical hotel. Write an essay about these events that occur in a sub- or supernatural world, focusing on three of them:
Part 1) When Creta Kano appears to Toru Okada, and the two have sex, how is this more than a mere erotic dream? Why does it affect both of them in their waking lives? In analyzing this sexual encounter, explain what Creta Kano's profession is, and how it relates. Why does she come to Toru's dream?
Part 2) Write a paragraph describing Toru Okada's first trip to the metaphysical hotel. What is he doing in the real, waking world that allows him entry? When Toru emerges, what has changed about him? Is this change emotional or physical?
Part 3) Describe the climax of the novel as it takes place in the hotel. What very real dangers does Toru Okada face and what achievement does he have in his conflict with Noboru Wataya? What does he understand by the end? How are his actions in the hotel reflected in his waking life?
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