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

2. Peter Wilson's demeanor at the rostrum is ___________.
(a) Animated.
(b) Boisterous.
(c) Insipid.
(d) Unemphatic.

3. What tactic is used to raise a Lot's price during an auction?
(a) When the lead buyer looks to see who is bidding against him.
(b) Telling the auctioneer ahead of time a buyer's interest and price range.
(c) Using an under-bidder.
(d) False signals.

4. About how much is the expected art piece worth?
(a) ~ 1,000,000 British pounds.
(b) ~ 10,000 British pounds.
(c) ~ 50,000 British pounds.
(d) ~ 100,000 British pounds.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What building does Bond work in?

2. What kind of information does the catalogue give about the Lots?

3. What does Freudenstein's grandfather do before the Russian Revolution?

4. What signals give Bond an idea of what kind of news to expect from his boss?

5. What names does Bond mention that worries Smythe his time is up?

Short Essay Questions

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

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. 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?

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

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

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

7. What kind of relationship must Bond always have when he meets new people? Why?

8. 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?

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

10. Smythe arrests Oberhauser for false reasons and kills him. For years Smythe gets away with it. What does this say about events of WWII and its scary truth?

(see the answer keys)

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