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. Does Henry plan on betraying John Kwang's trust?

2. Is John Kwang taller or shorter than Henry?

3. How old was Henry when his mother died?

4. What kind of car does John Kwang drive?

5. In which city did Henry and Lelia first meet?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Henry suspect Glimmer and Company for being responsible for the fire?

2. Describe Sherrie.

3. What does Jack mean by saying that Dennis is not a "doing creature"?

4. Why did Pete Ichibata make a good spy?

5. Describe Eduardo.

6. What sort of issues did Henry have as a child when he had to learn English?

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

8. Why was Helda important to the Kwang family?

9. What does the Korean restaurant Henry and Kwang go to look like?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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