The Tears of Autumn Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Charles McCarry
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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 have people advised Luong when he asks about Lê Thu?

2. What does Molly do in Rome?

3. What does Paul see that he pieces together?

4. What does Foley send to Vietnam with Peggy McKinney's brother?

5. What man does Paul quote when talking to Truong toc?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is ironic about Piero Cremona's statement about the United States Marines when reading this book in the present time?

2. Who does Luong send Paul to talk to and why does he recommend Paul talking to this person?

3. Describe Paul's case worker, Tom Webster.

4. What is the Truong toc and which Truong toc does Paul talk with and what transpires?

5. What demonstrates that Paul is still at risk despite the Truong toc saying Paul is harmless and to let him live?

6. Describe Paul Christopher's section chief, Barney Wolkowicz.

7. What is Paul Christopher thinking about as he boards a plane in Bangkok?

8. What does the letter from David say?

9. Give a brief description of Paul Christopher.

10. What does Paul learn when he visits Wolkowicz' compound?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 2, narration states that Chinese revolutionaries have come and gone in the Congo and the Cubans are now establishing themselves. Neither country has been willing to arm the Congolese rebels fighting the Belgians. Discuss one of the following:

1. Discuss the reasons you think China and Cuba are unwilling to arm the native Congolese (especially the idea of racism). Use examples from the book demonstrating the Cubans and Chinese attitudes towards the people of the Congo.

2. Discuss the theme of imperialism as it appears throughout the book. Who are imperialists? What are the motives of countries who behave in an imperialistic manner? Is there ever a justification for imperialism? Does any justification appear in this book for the American involvement in Vietnam?

3. How do some persons from Imperialistic nations act/think in a different vein (e.g., Paul, Dieter, Tom, and Sybille). What factors do you think influences some characters to have a more egalitarian view of other races/nations? In "real" life, what do you think influences this?

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 6, when Paul mentions that the two presidents (Kennedy and Ngo Diem) die within 21 days of one another, the Truong toc doubts the sorrows are similar. Americans live in another world. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think the Truong toc means when he says Americans live in a different world? How are the two countries different politically as revealed in the text? Explain fully with examples from the text and your own experience.

2. Do you think Americans are more or less likely to grieve for a fallen leader than those in a small Indonesian country such as Vietnam? Explain fully with examples from the text and your own experience.

3. Does the Turong toc seem condescending to Paul? Why or why not? Discuss fully with examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 3, Paul intuits why JFK is murdered. Paul has always had the gift of picturing events in his head and afterward piecing together the facts that support the vision. His superstitious ex-wife considers it mind-reading, but Paul believes it is more akin to the creation of poetry. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think Paul's gift of picturing events in his head and afterward piecing together the facts that support the vision is similar to writing poetry?

2. Do you think Paul's ex-wife is actually superstitious and believes Paul reads minds? Why or why not.

3. What type of reasoning is Paul's method of arriving at a conclusion? Does this method seem to work well for Paul in figuring out the motives and people behind the assassination of John F. Kennedy?

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