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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. Of the following, which best describes Major Smythe?

2. Wartski's storefront can be described as __________.

3. What happens over time as Smythe spends his retirement in the Caribbean?

4. Who is Major Dexter Smythe talking to in the introduction of the story Octopussy?

5. What kind of audience does Sotheby's gala mainly attract?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

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

4. 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?

5. 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?

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Common government laws such as that under British, American and Russian rule do not allow murder without punishment. However, each of these governments are fully aware of assignments that include snipers and murders to occur under government departments. According to each of these governments, when is murder necessary? When is it valid?

Essay Topic 2

Bond is given a range of assignments that does not always include a tangible weapon but he still manages to get what he wants. Find examples in each of the story of how Bond uses a variety of weapons to get what he needs. Consider more than just tangible objects. For example, the cello player uses her femininity as a weapon to save her own death even without knowing it.

Essay Topic 3

"007 in New York" is mainly to contrast Fleming's harsher words about New York in another article. Research New York as it is in the sixties and write about whether Fleming is valid in his opinion.

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