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. Why did the mystery woman Henry's father lived with dislike Lelia?

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

3. Who is Dennis Hoagland?

4. What happened to Sophie?

5. Where did Henry first meet Lelia?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Henry and Lelia's marriage.

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

4. What is Henry's response when he is asked about his profession?

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

6. Describe Lelia.

7. Describe Henry's occupation.

8. What does Flushing look like?

9. Why do Kwang and Henry decide to stop on the way to the restaurant?

10. Describe Henry and Jack's relationship.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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