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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 is Bond fearful of when he notices Smythe's reaction to his visit?
(a) That Smythe takes a suicide pill.
(b) That Smythe has nothing to lose.
(c) That Smythe dies of a heart attack before Bond gets him to London.
(d) That Smythe knows his own villa better than Bond does.

2. What work of art does Dr. Fanshawe speak of that is so important to the Secret Service?
(a) The Portrait of a Lady.
(b) Orb of Vertu.
(c) The Emerald Sphere.
(d) The Imperial Easter Eggs.

3. How long does Smythe make friends with "Pussy"?
(a) Two weeks.
(b) Two months.
(c) A month.
(d) A year.

4. What is Bond's personal connection to Smythe's crime?
(a) Bond and Smythe are enemies from a previous assignment.
(b) Oberhauser is a dear friend of Bond's.
(c) Bond looks up to Smythe's work in the service.
(d) The contents of the ammunition box are Bond's.

5. Against only what other art is the Emerald Sphere compared to?
(a) The Orb of Vertu.
(b) The Great Imperial Crown.
(c) The Russian Crown Jewels.
(d) The Imperial Easter Eggs.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Snowman no longer help Bond at the auction?

2. What is Smythe's real intentions with Oberhauser?

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

4. Who must Bond meet with whenever the red telephone rings?

5. What catches Smythe's eye as he looks over the files?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the atmosphere of Sotheby's, the night of the auction of the Emerald Sphere? What are the rooms and people like?

2. 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?

3. According to Dr. Fanshawe, how do the Soviets feel about their collection of arts? How does this help support evidence against the real provenance of the Emerald Sphere?

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

5. Smythe expresses boredom with his life in Jamaica, yet he does little to change it. What stops Smythe from doing more with his boredom?

6. 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?

7. Smythe realizes the scorpion fish pricks him. What does Smythe concern himself with in the last minutes of his life? Why?

8. Smythe ruffles through papers when one catches his eye. Describe Smythe's actions when he sees the envelope and how his actions illustrate his character.

9. How does Bond show that he loves and thrives off drama? Give examples from "The Property of a Lady".

10. 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?

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