The Quiet American 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 does Fowler run into in Tanyin?

2. What happens at the fountain in front of the big store?

3. What was York Harding's experience in Indochina?

4. What does Fowler ask Mr. Heng about Pyle?

5. After Fowler leaves a message for Pyle, what does he think he might accomplish?

Short Essay Questions

1. What makes work more difficult for Fowler with his leg in a cast?

2. Almost in spite of himself, what advice is Fowler compelled to give Pyle?

3. What happens right after two American girls walk out of the Pavilon?

4. What does Fowler wish he had had the guts to do while Vigot was there?

5. After his stay in the hospital, where does Fowler find Phuong?

6. What does Fowler witness with Mr. Heng who had called him to big store at the corner of Boulevard Charner?

7. What happens to Fowler in that situation?

8. What strange encounter does Fowler have with Bill Granger at the Vieux Moulin?

9. What elaborate precautions does Fowler take that evening?

10. After Pyle takes Phuong away, where did Fowler go with Captain Trouin?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Granger typifies the concept of the ugly American. Write a paper explaining what that means and how Granger is a perfect example. To write this paper you must put yourself in the shoes of people from another culture. Americans abroad often adopt the attitude that because they enjoy so many freedoms at home, they should be treated deferentially abroad. Compare Granger's attitude toward not getting straight answers to Fowler's not even bothering to write a story he knows will not get past the censors.

Essay Topic 2

Write a paper on your opinion of sacrificing the few for the good of the many. This is one of the hard questions about war in general especially as it has evolved over the years. It is no longer something that takes place on a specified battle field where the only casualties are the combatants. A bomb dropped on an enemy hideout will also destroy many innocent lives. On a personal level, the question is often raised about whether one would save one life if it meant that five others would die; or would one sacrifice that one life to save the other five? It seems that such a moral judgment is not applicable to the impersonal war machine. What is your opinion?

Essay Topic 3

Write your speculation as to what happened to Phuong and Fowler after the French pulled out of Vietnam. This is a creative writing piece. We know that the French left and the Americans entered the war officially. Fowler was probably more important to his paper than ever. People continued to live in Saigon as the war raged on. When the evacuation came, write your story about what becomes of Fowler and Phuong. Did they get out together? Did Fowler have to leave her there? Did they find a way to slip over into Thailand? Let your imagination run free as you write your extra ending.

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