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 kind of information does the catalogue give about the Lots?

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

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain persona non grata and how its declaration of Piotr Malinowksi helps the United Kingdom.

3. Why does the KGB go through troubles of sending an expensive jewelry piece with a fake provenance, rather than pay a large sum to their double agent?

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

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

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

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

8. 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.

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Miss Freudenstein and how she becomes a double agent. What is her role and why does she do it? What possible reasons does she go against her own mother's fight?

Essay Topic 2

Smythe is hardly a man of determination, yet he feels the need to see through with his octopus experiment before he dies. Why does he feel this need? What satisfaction does this give him in the last minutes of his death?

Essay Topic 3

Research Fleming's biography and discuss how his real life relates to his James Bond series.

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