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. What part of her first client's body did Nutmeg touch to heal her?

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

3. According to Kumiko in Chapter 22, what has her metamorphosis done to her?

4. Who is the first person that Nutmeg told the story of the zoo massacre?

5. Who does Nutmeg suspect is the source of the tabloid stories?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the tabloid in Chapter 21 determine about the dummy corporation that owns the hanging house?

3. In Chapter 22, what does Kumiko say about her current state of mind?

4. Why is Toru content in Chapter 25?

5. Describe Cinnamon.

6. How does Lieutenant Mamiya meet Boris the Manskinner for the second time?

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

8. How does Toru overcome Noboru Wataya in Chapter 35?

9. How does May Kasahara express her attitude to her wigs in Chapter 15?

10. What new offer does Ushikawa make to Toru Okada in Chapter 16?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is a hodgepodge of different types of narrative forms, with some chapters wildly divergent from or seeming unrelated to, the central first-person narrative of Toru Okada. Write an essay about several chapters that are different from the main narrative. How do they connect to this central narrative? What story do they tell? Is there a particular theme that these other chapters serve to illuminate?

Part 1) The tabloid articles.

Part 2) The letters from the factory town.

Part 3) The third person chapters.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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