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 secretly looking for?

2. What disappoints Bond at the auction?

3. What tactic is used to raise a Lot's price during an auction?

4. What gives away Wartski's notable stature?

5. Peter Wilson's demeanor at the rostrum is ___________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Smythe realizes the scorpion fish pricks him. What does Smythe concern himself with in the last minutes of his life? Why?

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

3. Why does Bond visit Kenneth Snowman and is his visit successful?

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

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. Describe the Emerald Sphere and why it is so revered amongst jewelers.

7. 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?

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

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

10. 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?

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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