The Enemy by V.S. Naipaul: Summary & Analysis


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What is the setting of V.S. Naipaul's short story ''The Enemy''?

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1. In V.S. Naipaul's short story ''The Enemy,'' what was the cause of the father's death?

2. Key themes in V.S. Naipaul's short story ''The Enemy'' include _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

We've created this short quiz/worksheet combo to help you quickly test your knowledge of The Enemy by V.S. Naipaul. In just a few minutes, you'll answer multiple-choice questions about the key themes from the short story, its setting and what caused the father's death.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Our short quiz is designed to see if you know:

  • The setting of The Enemy
  • What the cause of the father's death was in the short story
  • The key themes from The Enemy
  • What an underlying cause of the boy's fractured identity could be
  • What the boy discovers at the end of the story

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding an underlying cause of the boy's fractured identity
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the setting of the short story and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about what the boy discovers at the end of the story

Additional Learning

Review information about this story in further detail using our engaging lesson titled The Enemy by V.S. Naipaul: Summary & Analysis as your guide. This lesson is intended to assist you in achieving these goals:

  • Identify the identity of the boy
  • Outline what this story could be considered in relationship to its author
  • Detail when this story was published and in which short story anthology