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

2. What is so important about the cairn?

3. What identifies Smythe to his crime?

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

5. In addition to Bond, who else is at Sotheby's to capture evidence of the Russian Control?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

5. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Bond's character comes out here and there between the four short stories in "Octopussy and The Living Daylights." Explain his thought processes and how it matches or contrasts with his external persona. What is the same or different? What is the purpose in having a different exterior to the people he meets? What inner strengths carries through to the exterior?

Essay Topic 2

Considering all the stories in "Octopussy and The Living Daylights," discuss why Bond may have inconsistent feelings about being a Double O agent. What causes Bond to love his job but hate it too?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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