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. What is Smythe in search of for Professor Bengry?

2. What does Smythe look for on his map?

3. Who are Smythe's "people"?

4. What famous artist is responsible for making the art piece Dr. Fanshawe mentions?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. Smythe considers court martial or committing suicide. Why is it better or worse if he decides one over the other?

5. According to Dr. Fanshawe, how do the Soviets feel about their collection of arts? How does this help support evidence against the real provenance of the Emerald Sphere?

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

7. Why does the KGB go through troubles of sending an expensive jewelry piece with a fake provenance, rather than pay a large sum to their double agent?

8. Describe the Emerald Sphere and why it is so revered amongst jewelers.

9. According to Fleming, describe the four types of drunk in which Smythe falls into.

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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What does greed and the prospect of fame do to Smythe? How do these opportunities influence Smythe's life? What does it say about his character?

Essay Topic 2

Research government confidential information papers that are now open to the public. Choose one document and write a summary of the document and why it is is kept secret for years before it becomes public. Is it necessary to keep secret? How is it beneficial or detrimental to keep the files secret? Who is most affected? Who is most concerned?

Essay Topic 3

Smythe is given numerous options of possible ways to die, yet Fleming writes him a bizarre death. What is Fleming's purpose in having Smythe die the way he does?

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