The Sympathizer Test | Final 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 word in the book refers to a woman professionally trained to assist a woman in childbirth?

2. What is the first number that Lana performs at the club in Chapter 14?

3. What kind of truck is waiting for Bon and the narrator when they leave the prison in Chapter 23?

4. What word from Chapter 19 means having an obstinately uncooperative attitute or discipline?

5. For how long does Sonny say he's lived in the U.S. in Chapter 13?

Short Essay Questions

1. How has the narrative style changed in Chapter 21? Why?

2. What is the answer to the question that the narrator must answer to the commmissar in the end of the novel?

3. What conflict takes place between the narrator and Sonny in Chapter 13?

4. What is significant about Ms. Mori's family photos being set out in Chapter 13?

5. How does the admiral compare the plight of the troops to Jesus in Chapter 17?

6. What memory of his father's death does the narrator recall in Chapter 18?

7. What is symbolized in the narrator's dream about the kapok tree in Chapter 13?

8. What is revealed about the narrator's father's death in Chapter 22?

9. Why does Bon insist on returning to Vietnam for the General in Chapter 13?

10. What is the commandant questioning the narrator about in the beginning of Chapter 19?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why does Bon insist on returning to Vietnam to fight for the General? Why does the narrator try to convince him otherwise? What ultimately leads to the narrator's decision to accompany Sonny to Vietnam?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Describe and discuss the methods of torture used on the narrator during "reeducation." What are the effects of these methods? How is the narrator affected both mentally and physically? How is he led to recover?

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