Octopussy Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Bond feel about Freudenstein?

2. How does Bond like the current state of crime in London?

3. What does M say to offend Dr. Fanshawe?

4. What work of art does Dr. Fanshawe speak of that is so important to the Secret Service?

5. What common theme do all the Lots of the auction have?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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. How does Bond show that he loves and thrives off drama? Give examples from "The Property of a Lady".

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

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

7. 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?

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

9. Explain persona non grata and how its declaration of Piotr Malinowksi helps the United Kingdom.

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Research Fleming's biography and discuss how his real life relates to his James Bond series.

Essay Topic 2

Describe Miss Freudenstein and how she becomes a double agent. What is her role and why does she do it? What possible reasons does she go against her own mother's fight?

Essay Topic 3

Smythe is hardly a man of determination, yet he feels the need to see through with his octopus experiment before he dies. Why does he feel this need? What satisfaction does this give him in the last minutes of his death?

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