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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Freudenstein do that exposes her true intentions for working with the British government?
(a) She commutes between Whitehall and the Russian Embassy every Wednesday.
(b) She burns a Russian flag to prove her loyalty.
(c) She attends a Leningrad espionage school.
(d) She works on her Russian to work as a double agent for Britain.

2. What is Smythe thinking when the octopus' tentacles reach out to him?
(a) That the octopus is smarter than people give it credit for.
(b) That he wants to go in this manner than the long ordeal of court martial.
(c) That he finally gets to "shake hands" with it.
(d) That he is more at home here than on land.

3. Why does Snowman no longer help Bond at the auction?
(a) Snowman is distracted by a woman.
(b) He needs to concentrate on his bids.
(c) M tells him not to let Bond lean on him too much.
(d) He senses danger and does not want to be involved.

4. Why does Smythe arrest Oberhauser?
(a) To use him as a mountain guide.
(b) To translate his papers.
(c) To use him to carry down the ammunition box.
(d) To interrogate him.

5. What catches Smythe's eye as he looks over the files?
(a) An envelope that says For Your Eyes Only.
(b) An envelope that says to open in case of final emergency.
(c) Stationary written in hand rather than type.
(d) An out of place map.

Short Answer Questions

1. What identifies Smythe to his crime?

2. What is Bond's mood as the auction for Lot 42 starts to wind down?

3. How does Snowman know when the under-bidder begins his bids?

4. What common theme do all the Lots of the auction have?

5. What department does Bond work for?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Fleming, describe the four types of drunk in which Smythe falls into.

2. Bond attempts to identify the Russian spy, even before Lot 42 is exhibited. What does he do to prepare himself and what works against him?

3. Why does the KGB go through troubles of sending an expensive jewelry piece with a fake provenance, rather than pay a large sum to their double agent?

4. What significance is it to the British government to know that the KGB wants to pay Freudenstein?

5. When Smythe realizes he is pricked by the scorpion fish, what is his reaction and what does this say about his ability to feel?

6. Describe Freudenstein in Bond's view. Why is he biased?

7. Bond constantly meets new characters for his job and must make judgments about them. What signs show Bond is good at reading people?

8. Freudenstein works in London with the Purple Cipher. Describe Freudenstein's role in the espionage world.

9. Smythe considers court martial or committing suicide. Why is it better or worse if he decides one over the other?

10. As Smythe ponders his decision to either return to England or end his life, he remembers his social plans of the night. Why does this routine cheer Smythe up all of a sudden, despite his dislike for his daily life?

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