Mr. Fornnarino's English 2, Practice Quiz 21 for ELL Students

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To answer Questions 11-16, please read the following passage from Chapter 7 of Haruki Murakami's After Dark. Choose the best responses to the prompts next to the passage. There is one and only one correct answer to each prompt.

 

Chapter 7, page 99

“The man is impeccably dressed. He has exercised a good deal of care in choosing his outfit, though it is neither highly individualized nor especially sophisticated. He does have good taste. His shirt and tie look expensive— probably name-brand items. His face gives an impression of intelligence and breeding. The watch on his left wrist is elegantly thin, his glasses Armani in style. His hands are large, fingers long, nails well manicured. A narrow wedding band adorns the third finger of his left hand. His facial features are undistinguished, but the details of his expression suggest a strong-willed personality. He is probably just about forty years old, and the flesh of his face and neck, at least, show no trace of sagging. In general appearance, he gives the same impression as a well-ordered room. He does not look like the kind of man who would buy a Chinese prostitute in a love hotel—and certainly not one who would administer an unmerciful pounding to such a woman, strip her clothes off, and take them away. In fact, however, that is exactly what he did— what he had to do.” (Murakami, 99)

 

Note: Murakami describes a man who is perfectly dressed. His clothes do not make him look very different from others, except they look expensive. He looks like an intelligent and very successful man. He has a wedding ring on his left hand. His face makes him look like he has strong ideas. He is about forty years old. He looks like a well-ordered room. He does NOT look like a man who would buy a Chinese prostitute in a love hotel or like one who would hit her and take her clothes off; however, that is what he did.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Questions 17-21, please read the following passage from Chapter 9 of Haruki Murakami’s After Dark. Choose the best responses to the prompts next to the passage. There is one and only one correct answer to each prompt.

 

Chapter 9, Pages 116-117

"‘After I'd been to the court a few times, though, and observed a few cases, I started to become strangely interested in viewing the events that were being judged and the people who were involved in the events. Maybe I should say I found myself less and less able to see these as other people's problems. It was a very weird feeling. I mean, the ones on trial are not like me in any way: they're a different kind of human being. They live in a different world, they think different thoughts, and their actions are nothing like mine. Between the world they live in and the world I live in there's this thick, high wall. At least, that's how I saw it at first. I mean, there's no way I'm gonna commit those vicious crimes. I'm a pacifist, a good-natured guy, I've never laid a hand on anybody since I was a kid. Which is why I was able to view a trial from on high as a total spectator.’

 

Takahashi raises his face and looks at Mari. Then he chooses his words carefully.

‘As I sat in court, though, and listened to the testimonies of the witnesses and the speeches of the prosecutors and the arguments of the defense attorneys and the statements of the defendants, I became a lot less sure of myself. In other words, I started seeing it like this: that there really was no such thing as a wall separating their world from mine. Or if there was such a wall, it was probably a flimsy one made of papier-mâché. The second I leaned on it, I'd probably fall right through and end up on the other side. Or maybe it's that the other side has already managed to sneak its way inside of us, and we just haven't noticed. That's how I started to feel. It's hard to put into words.’ " (Murakami, 116-17)

 

Note: Takahashi is talking to Mari. He says he has watched court cases. While watching, he began to feel unusual. At first he had thought there was a thick, high wall between himself and criminals. He was a peacemaker who did not hurt others. As he sat in court, however, he started to see that if there was a wall separating the world of crime and bad people from his own world, then the wall was weak--like a wall made of papier-mâché (paper and paste). Takahashi now feels that instead of being only a watcher, he can now identify with or understand people who have bad inside because everyone has some bad inside that has some way come in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To answer Questions 22-24, please read the following passage from enotes.com regarding a critical reaction to Haruki Murakami's After Dark. Choose the best responses to the prompts next to the passage. There is one and only one correct answer to each prompt.

 

Walter Kirn, writing for The New York Times, finds that Murakami’s After Dark provides vignettes about city life (Tokyo, specifically) in the chaotic hours after the sun goes down. Readers are given glimpses of both the terrors and the somewhat comforting shadows of night creatures who either cannot or do not want to sleep. Kirn calls Murakami a patient man who is not quite of this world. He is a writer who continues to plead for the case of humans, who are lonesome and afraid and do not know what to do.

 

In describing this novel, Kirn writes, Murakami “chooses his metaphors for their musical value, not their intellectual architecture, and lets them play on by breath and intuition.” Kirn does not approve of Murakami’s abstract scenes, such as attempting to enter Eri’s dreams; rather, he finds the author strongest when his characters kept their feet on the ground and just talked.

 

"AD - Critical Overview" eNotes Publishing Ed. Scott Locklear. eNotes.com, Inc. eNotes.com 6 Jan, 2017 <http://www.enotes.com/topics/after-dark-murakami/critical-essays#critical-essays-critical-overview>

 

 

Note: Walter Kirn says that Murakami describes what life in Tokyo looks like at night. Murakami shows people who cannot or do not want to sleep. Kirn says Murakami is patient. (He takes his time.) Kirn says Murakami seems to be from a different world. He says Murakami wants to help humans who have no one to help them, humans who are afraid and do not know what to do.

 

Kirn says Murakami likes metaphors that are musical more than metaphors that are intellectual. Murakami's metaphors are understood by a person's intuition, his instinct or his feeling of understanding that does not need study. Kirn best likes the way Murakami's characters show their thoughts when speaking to one another.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Questions 1-10, please mark the letter of the correct definition of the given vocabulary word.