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. What is the first order that the Lieutenant gives the prisoners upon arriving at the zoo?

2. What word do May's parents have to explain to her regarding the Miyawakis in Chapter 28?

3. Why is Mamiya initially unable to shoot Boris in Chapter 32?

4. In Chapter 37, what has happens to Noboru Wataya in real life?

5. What personal question does Toru Okada ask Kumiko in their internet chat in Chapter 22?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Toru do after Nutmeg and Cinnamon stop coming to the residence?

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

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

4. How did Nutmeg first discover her healing powers?

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

6. What does the tabloid in Chapter 21 determine about the dummy corporation that owns the hanging house?

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

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

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

10. What new offer does Ushikawa make to Toru Okada in Chapter 16?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

A major theme of Murakami's novel is personal reinvention, and this reinvention is often made most explicit in characters who choose to rename themselves and others. Write an essay about characters in the novel who choose to change names, focusing on three instances. What events transpire that precipitate this change? What is the nature of the change? Is the change permanent? Conclude each paragraph by stating the essential thematic purpose for this change in name.

Part 1) Toru Okada, when speaking with May Kasahara.

Part 2) Malta and Creta Kano.

Part 3) Toru Okada's cat.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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