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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. According to Toru in Chapter 23, how are Cinnamon's grandfather and Lt. Mamiya connected?
2. What superlative does Toru use to describe Ushikawa in Chapter 13?
3. Who does Toru assume is the narrator of the story in Chapter 26?
4. At the end of Chapter 15, May says that what about her new home sometimes overwhelms her?
5. What does Toru want to know about Noboru Wataya in Chapter 15?
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
Haruki Murakami's novels almost always involve grown men who have not fully developed emotionally and several strong-willed women who force them to question their world-views. Write an essay about Toru Okada's relationship with the women of the novel. How is Toru's emotional growth stunted at the beginning of the novel? What shattering event forces him from his torpor at the beginning of the novel? Choose three women who enter his life after this event and discuss their relationship to him.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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