Native Speaker Test | Mid-Book 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. What does Janice assume about Henry?

2. Does Henry work from home?

3. Who is Pete Ichibata?

4. Is Lelia ever aware of Henry's real profession?

5. Where does Henry live?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Henry.

2. Describe Lelia.

3. Describe John Kwang.

4. Describe Janice's disposition and way of dress.

5. In what manner did Henry's father run his businesses when he was alive?

6. Describe the tapes Henry listens to.

7. What caused Mitt's death?

8. Describe Henry's occupation.

9. How did Henry and Lelia react to their son's death?

10. Describe the mystery woman Henry's father brought from Korea.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Love is a theme of Native Speaker that impacts the lives of Henry, Lelia, and others. Without love, the lives of these characters would be stale, unemotional, and lifeless. Write an essay that explores the theme of love within the context of the story. Why is love important to Henry and Lelia? What struggles do they go through to retain their love? Which other characters in Native Speaker experience love and in what capacity?

Essay Topic 2

A large portion of the action in Native Speaker revolves around politics. Glimmer and Company deals with politics, and John Kwang himself is a politician. Write an essay that explains why politics is important to the plot of Native Speaker. What role does politics play in the lives of Henry, Lelia, John Kwang, and the members of Henry's company? What are the political stances of these characters? Which characters are the most experienced in politics? Which are the least experienced?

Essay Topic 3

Most of the action of Native Speaker takes places in New York City. Only on a few occasions do characters travel outside of the city to places like Europe. Write an essay that explains how the setting of New York City contributes to the plot. Why is New York city a significant city? What is special about it? What type of people live in New York City? What is life like in the different neighborhoods?

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