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

2. What advise does Mamiya leave Toru with in Chapter 32?

3. What is the title of the document Toru finds in the computer at the end of Chapter 25?

4. Who does May Kasahara imagine she is a lot in Chapter 28?

5. Who is Yoshitaka Wataya?

Short Essay Questions

1. What plans do most women in May Kasahara's factory have?

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

3. How did Nutmeg first discover her healing powers?

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

5. That is Nutmeg's concern in Chapter 24?

6. What circle of connections does Toru Okada uncover in Chapter 23?

7. What problem does Ushikawa admit with Kumiko's meeting Toru, and how does he solve it in Chapter 19?

8. How does May Kasahar's worldview change in Chapter 36?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Kumiko Okada is one of the more enigmatic and yet dynamic characters in Murakimi's novel. She is decisive in her actions throughout but unclear, often, in her motivations. Write an essay about Kumiko's development is a character, focusing on three topics below:

Part 1) What is Kumiko's childhood like, including her relationships with both her brother and parents? What tragedy does Kumiko have to endure early in her life? How does it affect her family? Lastly, what does this childhood mean in terms of her adult life? What secrets must she bear?

Part 2) Why does Kumiko say that she chooses to leave Toru Okada? Write an essay analyzing why a simple act of infidelity spurs her to end her marriage entirely. What does Kumiko discover about herself that she did not know when she married Toru?

Part 3) What happens to Kumiko at the end of the novel, and how is this final turn of events connected both to her childhood and her decision to marry Toru? Conclude the essay by tracking Kumiko's motivation up to this point.

Essay Topic 3

Dreams play a key role in the advancing of plot in Murakami's novel. Write an essay, discussing the role that dreams play in Toru Okada's journey. Who does he meet while in a dream state? What new information does he gain from these dreams? Write a paragraph about each type of dream the Toru has over the course of the novel. As a conclusion, discuss whether the dream-world of the novel has any concrete bearing on the waking world.

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