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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 does May Kasahara imagine she is a lot in Chapter 28?
2. In Chapter 13, what does Noboru Wataya offer to do for Toru if he gives up his new property?
3. Where are Toru and May Kasahara as they talk in Chapter 39?
4. What is missing from the bottom of the well in Chapter 31?
5. Why is Mamiya eventually released from the prison camp in Chapter 32?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who does M consult a healer in Chapter 12?
2. How does Toru Okada's opinion of his wife change over the course of the novel?
3. What happens to Noboru Wataya in Chapter 37?
4. What new offer does Ushikawa make to Toru Okada in Chapter 16?
5. How does May Kasahar's worldview change in Chapter 36?
6. How does Lieutenant Mamiya meet Boris the Manskinner for the second time?
7. What does Toru realize about his marriage to Kumiko in Chapter 34?
8. Why is Toru content in Chapter 25?
9. How does May Kasahara express her attitude to her wigs in Chapter 15?
10. What two bits of strange information does Malta Kano provide Toru in Chapter 30?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is a vast menagerie of different storylines and themes. One theme that lingers beneath the surface of the central narrative is the legacy of the Second World War and its psychically wounding effect. Write an essay about the war's place in the novel, in two parts below:
Part 1) Write a paragraph about the veterinarian and his days in the Chinese zoo as the allies approach. How do the few events mentioned in the book about this man indicate an absurd force driving the war? What does Murakami mean to get across about the war by the fact that these stories are told by two characters that never fought in World War Two?
Part 2) Write a paragraph about the war stories of Lieutenant Mamiya. To what extent does Mamiya's narrative illustrate the brutal realities of war? How have these experiences affected Mamiya is the War's end? How are they a counterpoint to the stories of the veterinarian?
Essay Topic 2
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is replete with images of imperiled children such as young Nutmeg, Kumiko, and her sister, Cinnamon. Write an essay about the world of the novel as a place when the innocent are not safe, focusing on three wounded adults who are trying to escape childhood traumas. What trauma is each trying to escape? How does this fear lead each to make an equally destructive choice in adulthood? In conclusion, what is Murakami saying about the relationship between childhood and adulthood?
Essay Topic 3
In the Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, the central protagonist is Toru Okada, but the character of May Kasahara provides a tertiary plot-line that mirrors Toru's. Write an essay about May Kasahara's story. What adversity does she face, and how did this come about? Thematically, how is her story similar to Toru Okada's? What is the nature of her alienation, and how does she overcome it? Conclude the essay by explaining how May's story ends similarly to Toru's.
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