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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 does Paul Christopher board a plane?
2. How does Christopher feel about Paris?
3. Who fires a pistol at Paul as he leaves the Truong toc's home?
4. Who has been murdered when Paul is in Rome?
5. What does Paul see that he pieces together?
Short Essay Questions
1. Briefly describe the discussion during the dinner with Christopher, the Websters, Foley and Peggy McKinney.
2. What is Paul Christopher thinking about as he boards a plane in Bangkok?
3. Why does Luong face death?
4. Describe Molly, Paul Christopher's current girlfriend.
5. What is probably foreshadowed in Paul's dinner meeting with the Hitchocks?
6. What does Paul tell Ho he wants to know and why he wants to know it?
7. Who does Paul go to meet in Léopoldville and describe the person.
8. What does Paul learn when he visits Wolkowicz' compound?
9. Describe Paul Christopher's section chief, Barney Wolkowicz.
10. What demonstrates that Paul is still at risk despite the Truong toc saying Paul is harmless and to let him live?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In Chapter 8, the readers are introduced to Yu Lung. Discuss the following:
1. Thoroughly describe and analyze the character Yu Lung. Is he a protagonist or antagonist? He is presented as well-rounded or flat? What is his purpose in relation to the plot? Is he likeable? How would the plot be impacted if he did not exist?
2. Discuss the topic of horoscopy as presented by Yu Lung. Do his statements seem sincere? Do you think horoscopy is a valid means of making decisions? Why or why not?
3. Ngo Diem and Ngo Nhu make decisions about the future based upon their horoscopy readings. Did they make their deaths a self-fulfilling prophecy? Knowing they were predicted to die in their readings, why do you think they do not try to prevent their deaths? Do they desire martyrdom? How would that help their cause?
Essay Topic 2
Intelligence work, at least as far as this novel is concerned, can be dangerous business. Discuss one of the following:
1. What are some of the dangers of intelligence work specified or implied in THE TEARS OF AUTUMN? Illustrate with specific examples from the text.
2. Do you think intelligence work in the "real" world is more or less dangerous than that which is stated or implied in THE TEARS OF AUTUMN? Explain fully. (This may require some research).
3. Why do you think those characters in THE TEARS OF AUTUMN who choose intelligence work do so? Discuss and compare the motives for intelligence work by Paul, Tom Webster, David Patchen, Nsango, Luong, Trevor Hitchcock, and Klimenko. Each of these may have different reasons. Discuss fully with examples from the text.
Essay Topic 3
Discuss one of the following:
1. Write a character analysis of Alphonse Nsango. Include a discussion of the following questions: Is this character a protagonist or antagonist? What is paradoxical about Nsango's personality? How does he blend Western world and third world philosophy? Why do Paul's hopes for Nsango not come to fruition? Are Nsango's actions towards the Cuban revolutionaries justified? Moral? Is this character likable? Well-developed or flat? Use specific examples from the text to support your analysis.
2. Write a character analysis of Nguyên Kim. Include a discussion of the following questions: Is this character a protagonist or antagonist? Are Kim's loyalties divided? Where do his loyalties actually lie? How does Kim feel about the Ngo family? What does he believe the Ngo family will do? What are Kim's plans for his future? Are his plans moral? Is this character likable? Well-developed or flat? Use specific examples from the text to support your analysis.
3. Write a character analysis of Lee Harvey Oswald as he is discussed in the text, not as an historical person. Include a discussion of the following questions: Is this character a protagonist or antagonist or neither? Can Oswald be considered a character in the book though he does actually appear? Why or why not? What are Oswald's motives for agreeing to murder JFK? Are his motives selfish? Do you think Oswald obtained what he wanted by killing President Kennedy? What does Oswald obtain by his act? Does Oswald get what he deserves from Jack Ruby? Why does Ruby kill Oswald? Is this character likable? Well-developed or flat? Use specific examples from the text to support your analysis.
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