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 is Henry's occupation?

2. What happened while Lelia was in Europe?

3. Which of the following is Henry good at writing?

4. Which feature was Henry's father the most vain about?

5. What does Janice assume about Henry?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Henry and Jack's relationship.

2. Describe Sherrie.

3. Describe the process Lelia goes through to make Henry's favorite dish.

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

5. Why did Pete Ichibata make a good spy?

6. Why has it been so long since Henry and Lelia have made love?

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

8. Describe Chun Ji-yun.

9. Why does Kwang start to call Henry "byong-ho" when they are together?

10. Why do Henry and Lelia decide waiting on moving into Henry's father's house is the best course of action?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Lelia is plagued by doubts and problems at the beginning of Native Speaker. She flees to Europe in search of some sort of comfort. While she is there she has an affair with a man she never names. Write an essay that explores the problems Lelia faces at the beginning of the story. What is the state of her relationship with Henry at this point? Why does she hand him the list before she leaves? Why does she not return to Henry after getting back? What other issues does she face?

Essay Topic 2

Henry is a character who internally struggles with his identity. Is he American or Korean? He can never fully answer the question. Write an essay that explores the struggles Henry goes through as he attempts to discover his racial identity. Where did Henry's struggle with identity begin? Who is at fault for the way he views himself? Did his father and mother ever question their identities or Korean heritage?

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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