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. According to the article in Chapter 21, what component of the dummy corporation has been linked to political scandals?

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

3. How does Kumiko instruct Toru to think of her in Chapter 22?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Toru content in Chapter 25?

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

4. What does May Kasahara remember about the Myawaki's in Chapter 28?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What problem does Ushikawa admit with Kumiko's meeting Toru, and how does he solve it in Chapter 19?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is a n example of magical realist literature. In it, the fantastical and the realistic intermingle without indication that this is strange in any way. Write an essay about this intermingling, using Toru Okada as a surrogate for the reader. What fantastical events does Toru experience, and how does he react to them? Is he shocked, or are they seamlessly integrated into the rest of his life? What function do these events serve in his day to day existence?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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