This puzzle is a fun method of ensuring that students are familiar with vocabulary relevant to the novel set in Vietnam in the 1950's.
There are 38 clues in the crossword. Words in the puzzle are.. alibi, attaché, bandit, Caodaism, cause, censor, colonialism, communism, confession, culprit, curfew, democracy, desertion, divorce, editor, engagé, gangrene, guerrilla, legation, massacre, morality, motivation, naïve, napalm, opium, paddy, parade, penicillin, polio, propaganda, prostitute, reporter, rival, Sûreté, telegram, Third Force, trishaw, and Viet Minh.
This is a good exercise with which to start (or finish) your study of The Quiet American. I like to pre-teach this vocabulary. Or better still, assign groups of students the dictionary work of finding and explaining definitions. Then the crossword becomes a matching exercise, and can be used competitively.
Alternatively, use as a revision exercise when you have completed your study of the novel.
Students are actively learning when completing this task.
A word bank is supplied to support students. You could redact this to make it more challenging.
The solution is printed on the second page. Download the preview file to see the solution and the grid.
If this is not exactly what you're looking for, check out my General Crossword
which tests students' recollection of characters and places.