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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 catches Smythe's eye as he looks over the files?

2. What idea does Bond get in regards to Russia's local Control in London?

3. About how much is the expected art piece worth?

4. What kind of information does the catalogue give about the Lots?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. When Dr. Fanshawe, M, and Bond are talking in M's office, Dr. Fanshawe tends to look down when he speaks to Bond. However, he immediately looks up when asked about the Emerald Sphere. Why is this?

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

3. How is "007 in New York" set up differently in its storytelling than the previous three stories in the novel?

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

5. 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?

6. Describe the airport at the beginning of "007 in New York" and how Bond deals with the chaos.

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

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

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. How does "007 in New York" meet the needs of American readers?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 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

What internal conflicts must Bond and other Secret Service agents deal with when assignments are at odds with his/her morals? How does Bond deal with this conflicting situation in The Living Daylights?

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