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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. Why is turnover in May Kasahara's wig factory such an issue?
2. How does Ushikawa get into Toru Okada's house in Chapter 13?
3. What does Toru realizes about Kumiko's sister in Chapter 34?
4. In Chapter 20, to whom does the job of public relations for Nutmeg's fashion company fall?
5. Whose computer is in the Residence?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Lieutenant Mamiya meet Boris the Manskinner for the second time?
2. What does May Kasahara remember about the Myawaki's in Chapter 28?
3. Describe Cinnamon.
4. How does Nutmeg's marriage end in Chapter 20?
5. How does Toru overcome Noboru Wataya in Chapter 35?
6. Describe Mamiya's assassination attempt on Boris in Chapter 32.
7. What plans do most women in May Kasahara's factory have?
8. What does Toru do after Nutmeg and Cinnamon stop coming to the residence?
9. How did Nutmeg first discover her healing powers?
10. Why is Toru content in Chapter 25?
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
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?
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