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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. How does Kumiko instruct Toru to think of her in Chapter 22?
2. What does Toru want to know about Noboru Wataya in Chapter 15?
3. What information has Kumiko just received in Chapter 38?
4. What does the mysterious woman give Toru in Chapter 34?
5. Why does Nutmeg come to the Residence in Chapter 24?
Short Essay Questions
1. What new offer does Ushikawa make to Toru Okada in Chapter 16?
2. What does the tabloid in Chapter 21 determine about the dummy corporation that owns the hanging house?
3. What does May Kasahara remember about the Myawaki's in Chapter 28?
4. Why is Toru content in Chapter 25?
5. What sad reality does May Kasahara admit to in Chapter 18's letter?
6. How does Lieutenant Mamiya meet Boris the Manskinner for the second time?
7. In Chapter 22, what does Kumiko say about her current state of mind?
8. How did Nutmeg first discover her healing powers?
9. How does May Kasahara express her attitude to her wigs in Chapter 15?
10. How is Toru implicated in an assassination attempt in Chapter 33?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is a vast menagerie of different storylines and themes. One theme that lingers beneath the surface of the central narrative is the legacy of the Second World War and its psychically wounding effect. Write an essay about the war's place in the novel, in two parts below:
Part 1) Write a paragraph about the veterinarian and his days in the Chinese zoo as the allies approach. How do the few events mentioned in the book about this man indicate an absurd force driving the war? What does Murakami mean to get across about the war by the fact that these stories are told by two characters that never fought in World War Two?
Part 2) Write a paragraph about the war stories of Lieutenant Mamiya. To what extent does Mamiya's narrative illustrate the brutal realities of war? How have these experiences affected Mamiya is the War's end? How are they a counterpoint to the stories of the veterinarian?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
The central antagonist of the novel is Noboru Wataya, a generally unpleasant but popular politician. Write an essay exploring the character arc of Noboru Wataya. How does he go from malcontent intellectual to beloved politician in such a short period? What is his opinion of Toru Okaka, and Toru's opinion of him? Describe the initial secret that Toru knows about Noboru and how this secret gives rise to a much large incrimination of Noboru Wataya. In the end, does Noboru get what he deserves?
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