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 Bond's personal connection to Smythe's crime?

2. What catches Smythe's eye as he looks over the files?

3. Tired of playing mind games, what does Bond offer Smythe?

4. Why is Smythe nervous of smoke and noise on top of a mountain?

5. What condition is London in, in regards to crime and activity?

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. 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?

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

4. 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?

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

6. 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?

7. What kind of relationship must Bond always have when he meets new people? Why?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Explain and describe the world of upscale jewelers and what it is like at galas, such as the auction scene at Sotheby's. How does knowing and understanding this world help Bond and make him a better spy?

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