Native Speaker Test | Final 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. Who is Katie?

2. Who takes charge of leading the police through Kwang's damage office?

3. What is a "stand" bar?

4. Why is Henry suspicious of Kwang and Sherrie's relationship?

5. Who suspects Eduardo of stealing money from Kwang?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Sherrie.

2. How skilled was Mitt in the English language?

3. How were Eduardo and Helda found?

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

5. Why does Kwang try to get the waitress at the Korean nightclub to service Henry?

6. How do Henry and Lelia react to the fire at Kwang's offices?

7. How has Kwang changed over the course of the story?

8. Describe Lelia's profession.

9. Why is Lelia lamb stew important to Henry?

10. Describe Grace.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The characters in Native Speaker love to eat. Many conversations in the novel take place over a plate of food in some diner, nightclub, or cafe. Write an essay that explores the theme of food and consumption within the context of the story. How many different locations do the characters eat in? What types of things do the characters speak of while dining? Why are these locations significant to the plot? Which of these places does Henry eat at the most?

Essay Topic 3

One of the prevalent themes in Native Speaker is that of immigration. By the end of the novel it is revealed that many of Kwang's supporters are immigrants. As result many of them are exposed and arrested. Write an essay that explores the theme of immigration within the context of the plot. What stance does Henry take on immigration? Does he support the idea of immigrants coming into the country and taking jobs? What are his opinions when it comes to immigrants starting their own businesses in the poorer neighborhoods of New York?

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