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 John Kwang say about "thick lidded" eyes?

2. Does Henry understand why Lelia left him?

3. Why did Wen Zhou worry about his girlfriend?

4. Where are Janice and Henry when she speaks of her personal history?

5. Who does Henry work with while working on John Kwang's campaign?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Henry's father.

2. Describe Lelia.

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

4. Describe Henry's occupation.

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

6. Why did Pete Ichibata make a good spy?

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

8. Describe Henry and Lelia's marriage.

9. Describe Glimmer and Company's secret apartment.

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

Henry and Lelia never shy away from their sexuality. When they make love they are passionate, involved, and dedicated. Write an essay that explores the themes of sex and sexuality within the context of Henry and Lelia's relationship. Why is sex an important part of their relationship? In which instances do they make love? What does their lovemaking process involve? What does their lovemaking signify the first time they do it after Lelia's return from Europe?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

One of the prevalent themes in Native Speaker is that of racial tension. In the poorer neighborhoods there is often conflict between Koreans, Blacks, and Hispanics. Write an essay that explores and analyzes racial tension as it is presented in Native Speaker. In which instances does conflict typically arise? Why is it mostly the lower income neighborhoods that have to deal with these issues? What typically happens when people stand up for themselves?

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