Goldfinger Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 are several men removing from Goldfinger's car?

2. What does Goldfinger like to play for?

3. What city is Bond in at the beginning of the chapter?

4. What color hair does Goldfinger have?

5. What does Bond surprise the woman with?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Goldfinger build up his wealth?

2. How does Bond prepare himself before he enters Goldfinger's room?

3. Describe Bond's car.

4. What research does Bond have to do for his book?

5. What does Bond do with Goldfinger's camera?

6. How does Bond think SMERSH has helped Goldfinger?

7. How does Bond describe Goldfinger?

8. What do Bond and Du Pont agree?

9. How does Bond know Julius Du Pont?

10. Why does Goldfinger not want to swap seats?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Look at the structure of the novel.

1) How does Fleming use character and dialogue to drive the narrative?

2) Discuss elements of the narrative structure: exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the novel's themes?

3) Aside from the main character, examine the way Fleming uses the other characters in the story. When does he introduce and take them away from the story? What effect does it have on the story?

Essay Topic 2

Why is gambling such a big part of Bond books? Do you think Bond would have still accepted the golf bet with Goldfinger if he were not assigned to track him? In what way does gambling add excitement to the golf game that may not have been there otherwise?

Essay Topic 3

Examine Fleming's writing style. How would you describe Fleming's prose style? What kind of vocabulary does he use? Does he use any specific writing techniques? What meaning does Fleming's style give to the story?

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