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

2. What gives away Wartski's notable stature?

3. How does Bond like the current state of crime in London?

4. Against only what other art is the Emerald Sphere compared to?

5. What disappoints Bond at the auction?

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. 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?

3. From what little is known about Oberhauser and his interactions with Smythe, what can the reader gather about his character?

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

5. 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?

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

8. 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?

9. How does Bond show that he loves and thrives off drama? Give examples from "The Property of a Lady".

10. What significance is it to the British government to know that the KGB wants to pay Freudenstein?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

The genre of James Bond books are espionage/spy thrillers that usually consists of suspense. Explain how Fleming creates suspense in each of his stories. Where is the climax in each story?

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