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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 causes the audience to applaud as Lot 42 is being auctioned?
(a) The price reaches 100,000 British pounds.
(b) The auctioneer allows a pause between each bid near its suspenseful end.
(c) The piece shows its brilliance as the sun shines through the glass ceiling.
(d) Sotheby's announces it matches the price for a charity.

2. What practical use does the Emerald Sphere serve?
(a) It is a scaled globe.
(b) It's a paperweight.
(c) It works as a clock.
(d) It works as a lunar calendar.

3. What is Bond's mood as the auction for Lot 42 starts to wind down?
(a) Nervous that M is angry if he fails in this assignment.
(b) Angry at himself for not seeing the signal.
(c) Nervous because he does not seen a signal.
(d) Assured and excited he finds out who the Russian Control is.

4. What does Smythe want to see before he dies?
(a) His "people" to say goodbye.
(b) A priest for confession.
(c) Mary's grave.
(d) If an octopus eats a scorpion fish and its reaction to the poison.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What idea does Bond get in regards to Russia's local Control in London?

2. What does Freudenstein do that exposes her true intentions for working with the British government?

3. What disappoints Bond at the auction?

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

5. What trouble does the ammunition box give Smythe?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Smythe likes to swim and feed the fishes and octopus around his villa. Describe his relationship with the sea animals by his beach.

3. Describe how Bond and Smythe are careful about their word choice and speech as they speak about Smythe's service in WWII.

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

5. 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?

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

8. 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?

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

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

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