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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 kind of information does the catalogue give about the Lots?
(a) A description of the Lot and its history.
(b) Who currently owns it.
(c) How each Lot comes into Sotheby's hands.
(d) What the minimum bidding price is set at.

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

3. What is so important about the cairn?
(a) It tells him the way to the secret treasure.
(b) It indicates the site of the gold bars.
(c) It tells him where the bonds are hidden.
(d) It indicates his way back without Oberhauser.

4. What is Smythe's initial reaction when he realizes Bond's purpose of visit?
(a) Instinctively looks for ways to escape.
(b) Looks Bond in the eye to see how far he goes.
(c) Gets overly excited and takes a large gulp of Brandy.
(d) Gets chest pains and takes a pill.

5. Of the following, which best describes Major Smythe?
(a) Fit and strong.
(b) Content in his life, but more hopeful for slow aging.
(c) Tired in his eyes, but with a strong body.
(d) Slightly bald with a saggy belly.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. On Smythe's and Oberhauser's drive, what does Smythe offer Oberhauser instead of an arrest?

3. What is etched on the Emerald Sphere?

4. What is Dr. Fanshawe's expertise in?

5. Where does Smythe live?

Short Essay Questions

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

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. 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?

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

5. 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?

6. 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?

7. When Smythe realizes he is pricked by the scorpion fish, what is his reaction and what does this say about his ability to feel?

8. Although Bond is there to return Smythe to England, how does Bond show mercy towards the man?

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

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?

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