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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. Whose words does Toru remember after killing Noboru Wataya in Room 208?
2. What strange part of her anatomy does Malto Kano reveal in Chapter 30?
3. In Chapter 10, May Kasahara's boss tells her that genes determine what percentage of whether someone will go bald?
4. How does Ushikawa describe the work he does from Noboru Wataya?
5. In Chapter 37, what has happens to Noboru Wataya in real life?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Toru Okada's opinion of his wife change over the course of the novel?
2. What does the boy in Chapter 11 find in the bag and what does he do with it?
3. What offer does Noboru Wataya make Toru Okada in Chapter 13?
4. Who does M consult a healer in Chapter 12?
5. What plan does Kumiko reveal in Chapter 17?
6. What circle of connections does Toru Okada uncover in Chapter 23?
7. What does Toru do after Nutmeg and Cinnamon stop coming to the residence?
8. What does May Kasahara remember about the Myawaki's in Chapter 28?
9. Why is Toru content in Chapter 25?
10. What sad reality does May Kasahara admit to in Chapter 18's letter?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Perhaps the most central theme of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is the interconnectedness of humanity and the impossibility of escaping said interconnectedness. Write an essay about several characters' attempts to distance themselves from humanity and how they are pulled back:
Part 1) Why does Kumiko try to alienate herself from her family? How does she go about doing this, and how is she pulled back into the Wataya sphere? To what extent is Kumiko destroyed emotionally and existentially by her return to her family?
Part 2) Why does May Kasahara choose to leave Tokyo, and where does she go? Is this flight indicative of a desire to be separated from the society at large? Who is the only person with whom she maintains communication? How does she rediscover her interconnectedness with society?
Part 3) How is Toru Okada the definition of social alienation at the beginning of the novel? Who does he have in his life, and what does he do with his days? Write out the steps by which he leaves his house and accepts other into his life.
Essay Topic 2
Dreams play a key role in the advancing of plot in Murakami's novel. Write an essay, discussing the role that dreams play in Toru Okada's journey. Who does he meet while in a dream state? What new information does he gain from these dreams? Write a paragraph about each type of dream the Toru has over the course of the novel. As a conclusion, discuss whether the dream-world of the novel has any concrete bearing on the waking world.
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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