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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. As soon as Lot 42 is done, where does Bond head to?
(a) To thank Snowman.
(b) Back to headquarters.
(c) The cameramen to ask for a photo of the underbidder.
(d) Follows the underbidder.

2. In addition to Bond, who else is at Sotheby's to capture evidence of the Russian Control?
(a) An MI5 cameraman.
(b) M.
(c) Snowman.
(d) Freudenstein.

3. What is Dr. Fanshawe's expertise in?
(a) Paintings.
(b) Geology.
(c) Architecture.
(d) Antique jewelry.

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

5. What categorical drunk does Fleming group Smythe?
(a) Choleric.
(b) Phlegmatic.
(c) Melancholic.
(d) Sanguine.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Freudenstein receive a gift from the Russian government?

2. What famous artist is responsible for making the art piece Dr. Fanshawe mentions?

3. What is a usual way to signal a bid at an auction?

4. Bond is trying to identify the Russian Control at Sotheby's. What is the most difficult part in identifying the Russian Control?

5. Who are Smythe's "people"?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Bond visits Smythe, Bond does not reveal his true intentions immediately. However, Smythe's first thoughts are "They have... found out." What does he mean by "they" and what does this mean about his expectations of this visit?

2. Signaling a bid can take many forms. What sly way does the under-bidder communicate with Peter Wilson during the auction of the Emerald Sphere? How is this harder to detect?

3. Describe the Emerald Sphere and why it is so revered amongst jewelers.

4. Describe how Peter Wilson, the auctioneer helps set the tone and conduct of the auction?

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

6. Bond is not a major character in Octopussy and his role is very minor compared to his usual services for the British Secret Service. How and why does he enter Smythe's life?

7. Explain persona non grata and how its declaration of Piotr Malinowksi helps the United Kingdom.

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

9. Why does Bond visit Kenneth Snowman and is his visit successful?

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

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