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 does Smyth discover refuses to accept payoffs?

2. Who kills the murderer of John Chen?

3. Where did Phillip Chen find disturbing information about his son John?

4. At the start of the novel, who was the tai-pan of Noble House?

5. Who is Sinders?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Bartlett want to put together a deal with Gornt for them to loan money to Ian?

3. What particular instructions did Four Fingers Wu give to his men regarding John Chen?

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

5. Why did Crosse order a guard on Ian Dunross after hearing about Grant's death?

6. What happened at the Floating Dragon Restaurant?

7. What orders does Captain Gregor Suslev receive?

8. What is the Philby incident?

9. Crosse wants to find the link between Bartlett's arrival and what?

10. What was the deal that Mata offered Ian from the syndicate?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of conspiracy in "Noble House". Include at least three specific conspiracies, describing them, who is involved and their relationship to the plot.

Essay Topic 2

"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.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the concepts of protagonist and antagonist in fiction. Define who they are, their characteristics, and the roles they play. Then discuss at least two antagonist-protagonist pairings in is book. Clearly state how they meet your definition using examples from the book.

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