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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 the mood in the room, as Bond questions Smythe about his time in the service at the end of WWII?
(a) Secretive and tense.
(b) Vengeful.
(c) Relaxed.
(d) Full of convolutions and confusions.

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) The Imperial Easter Eggs.
(c) Orb of Vertu.
(d) The Emerald Sphere.

3. What names does Bond mention that worries Smythe his time is up?
(a) Gestapo and MOB.
(b) Reichsbank and Oberhauser.
(c) Tyrol and Ober Aucher.
(d) Mary and Dr. Greaves.

4. What does Freudenstein's grandfather do before the Russian Revolution?
(a) He polishes jewelry.
(b) He is a porcelain manafacturer.
(c) He makes extravagant jewelry for royalty.
(d) He is a famous painter.

5. Why does Snowman no longer help Bond at the auction?
(a) He needs to concentrate on his bids.
(b) He senses danger and does not want to be involved.
(c) M tells him not to let Bond lean on him too much.
(d) Snowman is distracted by a woman.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens over time as Smythe spends his retirement in the Caribbean?

2. What does Smythe want to see before he dies?

3. What is Smythe's main duty when Germany surrenders in WWII?

4. How does Bond prepare himself in identifying a Russian spy the night of the auction?

5. What does Smythe miss, despite his frustration when it happens?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In what way does Smythe lead his life? Is it successful or a failure?

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

4. When Dr. Fanshawe, M, and Bond are talking in M's office, Dr. Fanshawe tends to look down when he speaks to Bond. However, he immediately looks up when asked about the Emerald Sphere. Why is this?

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. Bond is not a major character in Octopussy and his role is very minor compared to his usual services for the British Secret Service. How and why does he enter Smythe's life?

7. Why does Bond visit Kenneth Snowman and is his visit successful?

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

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

10. During Smythe and Bond's talk in the living room, Smythe is slightly more relaxed to know that Bond smokes cigarettes. Why does Smythe feel this way?

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