Red Sparrow Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Jason Matthews
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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. Where are the SVR headquarters described in Chapter 2?

2. How old is Dominika said to be in Chapter 5?

3. What does the word "razdelenie" translate to in English (216)?

4. Who is described in Chapter 2 as "a blond scorpion with languid blue eyes" (17)?

5. What does "spokoinoi noce" mean in English (209)?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Sergey Matorin and how is he described?

2. Who is Tom Forsyth? How is he described when introduced in Chapter 7?

3. What prompts Dominika to confront Nate and to confess her situation in Chapter 16?

4. How is Anya described? What happens to her character?

5. What ended Dominika's ballet career? How did it affect her?

6. How is Dominika's meeting with the CIA Director described in Chapter 18?

7. How is Dominika attacked at training school in Chapter 6? How does she respond?

8. How does Dominika feel about the target Simon Delon? Why?

9. What are considered as different incentives for Dominika to become a double agent? What incentive is the one that works?

10. What is a honey trap?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the narrative style of Red Sparrow. From what narrative point of view is the novel related? Why is this narrative perspective important? What aspects of the story would change if the narrative came from a different point of view?

Essay Topic 2

As a spy novel, author Jason Matthews makes a variety of uses of foreshadowing and red herrings. Describe examples of each and their effect. What events in the climax of the novel are foreshadowed? What red herrings led you astray in the reading? How?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and discuss the character of MARBLE in the novel. What is MARBLE's true identity? For how long has MARBLE been working for the U.S.? In what capacity? What are the dangers that MARBLE faces?

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