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Questions for “super-frog saves tokyo”

  1. In the first scene, Murakami immediately creates a sense of contrast between the mundane/domestic and the weird/fantastic. What are some specific details or images that Murakami uses to establish both sides of the spectrum? And furthermore: why is it important for the author to create this contrast?
  2. What does Frog’s behavior in the first few pages reveal about him?
  3. Frog tells Mr. Katagiri on page 94, “There are those who say that ‘understanding’ is merely the sum total of our misunderstandings.” What do you think he means by this? How do you think it’s related to the plot of the story?
  4. Why is Tokyo in danger? How does Frog intend on saving Tokyo from destruction?
  5. Katagiri asks Frog on page 99, “Why did you choose me to go with you?” Find 5 key phrases that signify traits/qualities that Frog recognizes in Katagiri.
  6. Similar to the last question, do a characterization of Worm. Specifically, what makes him such a dangerous threat? What could Worm be a symbol for?
  7. Again, Frog cites another author on p. 100, “As Nietzsche said, the highest wisdom is to have no fear.” What does this quote mean to you? Do you agree? How does it relate to the story?
  8. On page 110, Frog tells Mr. Katagiri, “The whole terrible fight occurred in the area of the imagination. That is the precise location of our battlefield. It is there that we experience our victories and our defeats.” What is Katagiri’s “victory”? What is his “defeat”?
  9. Is there a scene which we can take as “reality”? That is, much of the story contains elements of fantasy, or perhaps “magic-realism,” so which scene (if any) can we receive as being the true reality of the story?
  10. Frog’s death scene is very vivid in detail. What is it symbolizing?
  11. What is the central ambiguity of the story? How is it acting on or enhancing, in a constructive way, the meaning of the overall story?
  12. Find 5 vocabulary words from the story and write down their definitions.

Questions for “Chango”:

  1. Where is Brownsville? Take a look on google images and get a feel for the city. Using the author’s descriptive evidence form the text, what kind of neighborhood does Bony live in? Rich, normal, poor? Name at least 3 characteristics.
  2. Describe the tone/writing style of the piece. How does it compare with everything else we’ve read so far this semester (including “super-frog saves tokyo”)?
  3. Within the first several pages, what do we know about Bony? List 3 traits/attributes.
  4. What does Bony do for money? Why was he fired from his last job?
  5. Who is Mando and why is he important to Bony and the story as a whole? How are Mando and Bony similar? How are they different? Name at least 3 for both.
  6. Why do you think Bony drove to Lincoln Park with the dead chango (the first time, on page 55)? What memories does he relive there? How are they significant to why he is still refusing to dispose of the head?
  7. What is significant about the canal? What previous event happened there?
  8. On the very last page, more than the dead monkey’s head, what does Bony “let go” of?
  9. What is the central ambiguity of this story? In what way does it change from the beginning of the story to the end?
  10. How is the central ambiguity acting on the overall meaning of the story in a constructive way? In other words, by leaving out certain bits of information, how is the author conversely––or even paradoxically––creating more meaning?

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