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 Miss Freudenstein's role with the British Secret Service?

2. How is Freudenstein related to the art piece?

3. What work of art does Dr. Fanshawe speak of that is so important to the Secret Service?

4. What last hint does Snowman give Bond?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Freudenstein in Bond's view. Why is he biased?

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. Describe how Bond and Smythe are careful about their word choice and speech as they speak about Smythe's service in WWII.

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

"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.

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