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 information has Kumiko just received in Chapter 38?

2. Why is turnover in May Kasahara's wig factory such an issue?

3. How does Ushikawa describe the work he does from Noboru Wataya?

4. What personal question does Toru Okada ask Kumiko in their internet chat in Chapter 22?

5. Near the end of Chapter 18, May says that she woke up one day discovered what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What questions about The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle does Toru have in Chapter 27?

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

3. What does Toru do after Nutmeg and Cinnamon stop coming to the residence?

4. How does May Kasahar's worldview change in Chapter 36?

5. What does Toru realize about his marriage to Kumiko in Chapter 34?

6. Describe Cinnamon.

7. How did Nutmeg first discover her healing powers?

8. What offer does Noboru Wataya make Toru Okada in Chapter 13?

9. That is Nutmeg's concern in Chapter 24?

10. What does the boy in Chapter 11 find in the bag and what does he do with it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Write an essay about Nutmeg and Cinnamon. What is their function within the novel? Begin the essay by discussing their lives before meeting Toru Okada and how Nutmeg comes to be fascinated with the protagonist. What about the mother and son makes them unusual and eccentric? In the final paragraph, discuss the possibility that Cinnamon is the author of the novel. What is on his computer that would lead a reader to this conclusion?

Essay Topic 3

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

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