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. In Chapter 15, what does May Kasahara wish she could do with every wig she makes?

2. At the beginning of Chapter 25, why is Toru heartened by his life?

3. Where are Toru and May Kasahara as they talk in Chapter 39?

4. Where on Noboru Wataya's body does Toru land a blow first?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Noboru Wataya in Chapter 37?

2. What plan does Kumiko reveal in Chapter 17?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does Nutmeg's marriage end in Chapter 20?

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

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

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 3

The world of Murakami's novel is one in which the spiritually powerful are revered. No one questions the validity of their abilities. In an essay, write about three spiritual seers/healers. What is their place in the plot, and how do they become necessary to other people's lives? With whom in the novel does each interact, and what service do they perform? Is each character viewed by the reader as benevolent or dangerous?

Part 1) Mr. Honda.

Part 2) Malta Kano.

Part 3) Nutmeg.

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