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

2. What is Smythe secretly looking for?
(a) A large sum of cash.
(b) Swiss gold.
(c) Gold bars.
(d) Bonds.

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

4. What marks the under-bidder is done and out of the auction for Lot 42?
(a) He brushes his nose.
(b) He wipes his forehead.
(c) He takes off his sunglasses.
(d) He straightens his tie.

5. Bond is trying to identify the Russian Control at Sotheby's. What is the most difficult part in identifying the Russian Control?
(a) Bond is unable to leave his seat and is confined to one view of the room.
(b) Wilson runs the auction too speedily.
(c) The crowd at Sotheby's is too chaotic to observe carefully.
(d) Noting the secret signal between the Russian Control and Wilson.

Short Answer Questions

1. Of the following, which best describes Major Smythe?

2. What identifies Smythe to his crime?

3. What is Smythe's morning routine by 10:30 A.M.?

4. What causes the audience to applaud as Lot 42 is being auctioned?

5. What is the mood in the room, as Bond questions Smythe about his time in the service at the end of WWII?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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.

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

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. From what little is known about Oberhauser and his interactions with Smythe, what can the reader gather about his character?

7. 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?

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

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

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

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