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 Founding Father does the narrator describe having said that an older mistress is a wonderful thing in Chapter 5?

2. What fictional spy character does the narrator describe sleeping peacefully on a bed of nails in Chapter 5?

3. Where is the General's store located, according to the narrator in Chapter 5?

4. What does the narrator brush over the letters from his aunt in order to see the hidden messages in Chapter 4?

5. What was the narrator's father's profession?

Short Essay Questions

1. How would you describe the narrator and protagonist of The Sympathizer?

2. Who are the main characters in the film The Hamlet?

3. How does the narrator become injured in Chapter 11?

4. What does the narrator fear when he is called in to speak with the General at the opening of the store in Chapter 5? Why?

5. What does the narrator say about the crapulent major's death in Chapter 7?

6. What are the narrator's main duties on the set of The Hamlet?

7. How would you describe the narrator's relationship with the Auteur?

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

9. Who is Madame? How would you describe this character?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the narrator's relationship with the General. For how long has he worked for the General? What kind of relationship do they have? How does the narrator feel about Madame?

Essay Topic 2

What is life like for the Vietnamese refugees once they arrive in America? Where does the narrator secure assistance and work? How does he get Bon work? Where do the narrator and Bon live?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the events surrounding the Fall of Saigon. When did the Fall of Saigon occur? For how many years was the Vietnam War fought? How does the author depict these events in The Sympathizer?

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