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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. Whose computer is in the Residence?
2. In Chapter 15, which of the following bits of information does Ushikawa know about Toru?
3. Where on Noboru Wataya's body does Toru land a blow first?
4. Chapter 12, what business is M's successful husband in?
5. At the beginning of Chapter 25, why is Toru heartened by his life?
Short Essay Questions
1. What plan does Kumiko reveal in Chapter 17?
2. What two bits of strange information does Malta Kano provide Toru in Chapter 30?
3. How does Lieutenant Mamiya meet Boris the Manskinner for the second time?
4. How does Nutmeg's marriage end in Chapter 20?
5. What does the boy in Chapter 11 find in the bag and what does he do with it?
6. What circle of connections does Toru Okada uncover in Chapter 23?
7. What sad reality does May Kasahara admit to in Chapter 18's letter?
8. How is Toru implicated in an assassination attempt in Chapter 33?
9. How does May Kasahar's worldview change in Chapter 36?
10. What does May Kasahara remember about the Myawaki's in Chapter 28?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, the protagonist Toru Okada is said to be inextricably linked to the antagonist Noboru Wataya. When one character succeeds, the other fails and vice versa. Write an essay about this connection and how it manifests itself in the plot of the novel. What Is happening in Noboru Wataya's life as Toru Okada is facing the travails of losing his wife? What secrets is Noboru trying to hide, and how does Toru get the upper hand with these secrets? What is the standing of each man at the end of the novel?
Essay Topic 2
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 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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