The Sympathizer Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Viet Thanh Nguyen
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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. What is the dish soap that James Yoon is known for promoting in television commercials?

2. What is the name of Bon's wife?

3. How many fingers does the narrator describe the General having lost in Chapter 1?

4. To whom is the narrator writing his confession in Chapter 2?

5. Who is the woman that Claude was forced to leave behind when he fled Saigon?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Bon's family as they flee Vietnam in Chapter 3?

2. What are the narrator's criticisms of the script for The Hamlet?

3. How is the Auteur's welcome party described in Chapter 10?

4. What is the first business venture the General undertakes in the U.S.? Why?

5. Whom does the narrator become entranced by at the wedding in Chapter 7? Why?

6. How does the narrator become involved in the production of the film The Hamlet?

7. Who is Professor Hammer and what is his relationship to the narrator?

8. What does the narrator remark about propaganda in Chapter 11?

9. Where are the Vietnamese refugees taken after arriving in America in Chapter 4?

10. How would you describe the narrator's relationships with his parents?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does the General respond when he discovers the courtship between the narrator and Lana? How does the narrator feel about the General's response? How does Madame feel about the situation?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the theme of misrepresentation or lack of representation of Vietnamese in Vietnam War films produced in the West. How is this theme developed through the script of The Hamlet?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the friendship between Bon, Man, and the narrator. When did they meet? What event brought them close together? For how long have they been friends? How has their friendship evolved?

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