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 healing room of the Residence made up to look like in Chapter 17?

2. What does May do the night when she feels genuinely happy?

3. What political party does Yoshitaka Wataya belong to?

4. What is Toru Okada's main concern about chatting with Kumiko on a computer in Chapter 19?

5. What superlative does Toru use to describe Ushikawa in Chapter 13?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Nutmeg's marriage end in Chapter 20?

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

3. What happens to Noboru Wataya in Chapter 37?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Lieutenant Mamiya has perhaps the most extended personal narrative of the novel after Toru Okada. By the end of the novel, we know exactly what happened to Mamiya, in detail during the war. Write an essay, beginning with an overview of the travails this man faced in China, Mongolia, and Eastern Russia. ow did he survive, and what malicious figure continued to cross paths with him? What experience did Mamiya have in the war that was similar to Toru's? In conclusion, how is Mamiya's life a warning to Toru?

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

Regularly throughout the novel, characters discover something deeply spiritual about themselves, brought about by their close proximity to death. Write an essay about three of these instances and their meaning in the novel:

Part 1) Describe the harrowing experience Lieutenant Mamiya experiences in Mongolia. How is he affected by his day in the dry well before being rescued? What changed in his outlook of the world?

Part 2) At what point does Creta Kano, after years of constant and unremitting pain, achieve some type of relief? What does this transition have to do with a proximity to death? How is this change connected to her eventual, more ethereal profession?

Part 3) When does Toru Okada develop the blue-black mark on his face? What traumatic and somewhat dangerous occurrence does this follow? What new and spiritual powers does this mark seem to imbue Toru with?

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