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's morning routine by 10:30 A.M.?

2. What is Bond fearful of when he notices Smythe's reaction to his visit?

3. What last hint does Snowman give Bond?

4. During the end of Smythe's service, what are most of the files he is in charge of about?

5. What is Smythe thinking when the octopus' tentacles reach out to him?

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

3. Smythe ruffles through papers when one catches his eye. Describe Smythe's actions when he sees the envelope and how his actions illustrate his character.

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

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

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

7. 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?

8. Describe the atmosphere of Sotheby's, the night of the auction of the Emerald Sphere? What are the rooms and people like?

9. 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?

10. When Smythe realizes he is pricked by the scorpion fish, what is his reaction and what does this say about his ability to feel?

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

There are many types of characters in The Living Daylights that are necessary to succeed in the mission to kill Trigger. Describe the different types of characters observed in the Secret Service and how they balance each other within the department.

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