Noble House: A Novel of Contemporary Hong Kong 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. Who departed for Taipei after hearing of the arrests for the gun smuggling?

2. What United States agency meets with Crosse in Hong Kong

3. When Bartlett arrives in Hong Kong, who helps to clear him through customs?

4. Whom does Smiler Ching call a High Tiger of the White Powders?

5. Who is Nestorova?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Paul Choy and what is his educational background?

2. What does the half-coin that was missing represent to Phillip Chen?

3. Why does Bartlett come to Hong Kong?

4. What does Suslev discuss with Crosse at the race track?

5. When Gornt is at the stock exchange what does he decide to do with regards to Ho-Pak and Struan stock?

6. What happens to Tsu-yan?

7. What orders does Captain Gregor Suslev receive?

8. What did Phillip Chen find in his son's safety deposit box?

9. What do Kwok and Crosse want from Ian and what do they tell Ian if he doesn't give it to him?

10. Why did Casey tell Ian Dunross that the deal between Ian and Bartlett was off?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

All plot structure has common elements. Using these elements, discuss the main plot in "Noble House". Among other things, include a description of the plot and place at least one event or action in each of the plot structure elements.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the reasons why Clavell would have chosen to write this book in the third person point of view rather than the first person. What difference would it make to the reader?

Essay Topic 3

"Noble House" was made into a TV miniseries. What are the similarities and differences between a narrative format (the book) and a play format (the miniseries)? Is it possible to reflect the complete story of "Noble House" accurately with all its subplots and characters in a play format? Be specific in your answer using examples from the book.

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