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 did Henry think about the woman his father brought home from the airport?

2. What is Roy Chillingworth's occupation?

3. What did Mitt think of his grandfather?

4. Who is Dennis Hoagland?

5. What is wrong with Henry?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened to Lelia while she was in Europe?

2. Describe Henry.

3. What does Flushing look like?

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

5. Describe Henry and Lelia's marriage.

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

7. List five of the things Leila wrote on the list she gave to Henry before she left for Europe.

8. Describe Henry's occupation.

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

10. Which employees does Kwang show favoritism to?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Money plays a major role in the plot of Native Speaker. Without money Kwang would never be able to run rallies or fund his campaign. Write an essay that explores the value of money to the characters of Native Speaker. Which characters value money the most? Which value it the least? Where does most of Kwang's funding come from? In which cases is money spent frivolously throughout the plot?

Essay Topic 2

By the conclusion of Native Speaker, Henry and Lelia's relationship has been for the most part repaired. They no longer harbor secrets about their work and lives. Write an essay that takes an in depth look at Henry and Lelia 's relationship as it evolves over the course of the story. How do these two characters feel about each other as the opening action takes place? How do they feel about each other by the end? Is their relationship believable? What are some of the hardships they conquer?

Essay Topic 3

John Kwang is one of the antagonists of Native Speaker. He is a complex man who on the surface seems perfect. However, as the plot of Native Speaker plays out his facade begins to slowly come apart. Write an essay that delves into the psyche of John Kwang. What kind of man is Kwang? Is he prestigious, strong, and intelligent? Or is he in fact weak and easily subjected to the influence of others? In what ways does his character evolve over the course of the story?

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