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. How long does it take for Henry to get close to Kwang?

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

3. What does John Kwang say about "thick lidded" eyes?

4. How long had Henry and Lelia been together when Henry asked her to marry him?

5. On which days does Kwang like to take home printouts to study?

Short Essay Questions

1. Which employees does Kwang show favoritism to?

2. Describe the tapes Henry listens to.

3. Why did Pete Ichibata make a good spy?

4. What did Henry's father think of Lelia when he was alive?

5. Describe Eduardo.

6. Why is Henry's father never given a name?

7. Describe John Kwang.

8. How do Kwang's closest employees treat him?

9. Describe Glimmer and Company's secret apartment.

10. What caused Mitt's death?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Though Henry is not particularly religious, other characters in Native Speaker are. Religion is prevalent both in the poorer and in the richer neighborhoods of New York City. Write an essay that explores the theme of religion within the context of the story. Are different religions treated equally in Native Speaker? Which characters are the most religious? Which are the least religious? In which cases do the more religious characters pray to their god? What do they pray for?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Henry works as a spy for a living. The company he works for, Glimmer and Company, deals specifically with political information. Write an essay that gives detail to Henry's occupation. Is Henry's job glorified and glamorous? Is he paid well for his work? What does he usually have to do on an assignment? What type of people does he end up investigating?

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