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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. At the end of Chapter 15, May says that what about her new home sometimes overwhelms her?
2. Where on Noboru Wataya's body does Toru land a blow first?
3. Why is Mamiya eventually released from the prison camp in Chapter 32?
4. In Chapter 20, to whom does the job of public relations for Nutmeg's fashion company fall?
5. What is the second password that Toru cracks in Chapter 19?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Mamiya's assassination attempt on Boris in Chapter 32.
2. What plan does Kumiko reveal in Chapter 17?
3. What plans do most women in May Kasahara's factory have?
4. What new offer does Ushikawa make to Toru Okada in Chapter 16?
5. How does Lieutenant Mamiya meet Boris the Manskinner for the second time?
6. What happens to Noboru Wataya in Chapter 37?
7. Why is Toru content in Chapter 25?
8. What does Toru do after Nutmeg and Cinnamon stop coming to the residence?
9. How is Toru implicated in an assassination attempt in Chapter 33?
10. What does Toru realize about his marriage to Kumiko in Chapter 34?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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?
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