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. Who acted as May Kasahara's sponsor in securing her the factory job?

2. What does May Kasahara find herself doing often after the suicides at the Miyawaki house?

3. What does May think she hears at the end of Chapter 36?

4. Why are the mountains an ideal place for the wig factory?

5. Where is Nutmeg's husband murdered?

Short Essay Questions

1. What war atrocity occurs in Chapter 26's story?

2. How did Nutmeg first discover her healing powers?

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

4. Describe Mamiya's assassination attempt on Boris in Chapter 32.

5. What happens to Noboru Wataya in Chapter 37?

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

7. How is Toru implicated in an assassination attempt in Chapter 33?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, beginning even with its title, is a novel that draws mystically from the animal world. Animals serve as harbingers and, to some extent, good-will ambassadors. Write an essay on the roles of three animals in the book. How is each animal introduced? What is its purpose, and how does this purpose become clear by the end of the novel? Does the appearance of this animal have positive or negative connotations?

Part 1) The ducks by May Kasahara's factory

Part 2) Toru's cat

Part 3) The Wind-Up Bird

Essay Topic 2

Communication is a tricky and prevalent theme in the novel. Toru Okada is bombarded with new acquaintances in nearly every chapter of the novel, and they come top him in many different ways. Write an essay, outlining the different ways in which people make contact with the protagonist of the novel. How are the telephone, mail, dreams, and an early internet chat program all utilized? How does this menagerie of different forms of communication lead to ambiguity regarding how is communicating with whom?

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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