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 in search of for Professor Bengry?

2. What does Smythe miss, despite his frustration when it happens?

3. Of the following, which best describes Major Smythe?

4. What is Smythe's morning routine by 10:30 A.M.?

5. Who must Bond meet with whenever the red telephone rings?

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. Describe how Peter Wilson, the auctioneer helps set the tone and conduct of the auction?

3. 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?

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

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

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. 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?

8. Smythe arrests Oberhauser for false reasons and kills him. For years Smythe gets away with it. What does this say about events of WWII and its scary truth?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

"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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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