The Quiet American

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1. What does the bomb mold that Mr. Heng acquires resemble?

2. What does Fowler find troubling during the air raid with Captain Trouin in Haiphong?

3. What sign does Fowler use to indicate to Mr. Heng’s men that Pyle has accepted his invitation for dinner?

4. When Pyle asks Phuong to marry him, what does he offer her?

5. Tanyin is the spiritual center of which religion?

6. Which French philosopher do Fowler and Vigot discuss over a game of 421?

7. Why does Fowler prefer to think of himself as a “reporter” rather than a “correspondent”?

8. What political concept does Pyle adopt from the work of York Harding?

9. With which political group is Mr. Heng associated?

10. Why do the Viet Minh sentries attack the watchtower where Fowler and Pyle take refuge?

11. Why does Fowler think Vigot asks him to identify Pyle’s body?

12. Why does Pyle travel to Phat Diem to meet Fowler?

13. What does Fowler find in Mr. Muoi’s garage?

14. What is the subject of the film that Phuong tells Fowler about in the novel’s final scene?

15. When Fowler recalls the night Pyle and Phuong met, what does he say was wrong with Pyle’s dancing?

16. What does Fowler take from Pyle’s apartment as a keepsake?

17. After Pyle saves Fowler from the watchtower explosion, what does Fowler accuse him of?

18. What is Phuong’s favorite subject to read about?

19. What does Fowler contemplate in the Caodaist cathedral in Tanyin?

20. How does Phuong find out that Fowler lied to her about the content of Helen’s letter?

21. Why does Fowler decide against buying the apartment from the French rubber planter?

22. Which political group does Fowler think treats Vietnamese peasants with the greatest respect as individuals?

23. What is in the river that Fowler and the European troops cross in Phat Diem?

24. What does Fowler do when he locks himself in the lavatory at the American Legation following his altercation with the economic attaché?

25. During their conversation in the watchtower, what does Fowler confess to Pyle as being his greatest fear?