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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 identifies Smythe to his crime?
2. What catches Smythe's eye as he looks over the files?
3. Why is Smythe nervous of smoke and noise on top of a mountain?
4. What is the mood in the room, as Bond questions Smythe about his time in the service at the end of WWII?
5. What marks the under-bidder is done and out of the auction for Lot 42?
Short Essay Questions
1. Although Bond is there to return Smythe to England, how does Bond show mercy towards the man?
2. Smythe realizes the scorpion fish pricks him. What does Smythe concern himself with in the last minutes of his life? Why?
3. Why does Bond visit Kenneth Snowman and is his visit successful?
4. 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?
5. 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?
6. Describe the atmosphere of Sotheby's, the night of the auction of the Emerald Sphere? What are the rooms and people like?
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. 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?
9. Describe how Peter Wilson, the auctioneer helps set the tone and conduct of the auction?
10. In what way does Smythe lead his life? Is it successful or a failure?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
Smythe is given numerous options of possible ways to die, yet Fleming writes him a bizarre death. What is Fleming's purpose in having Smythe die the way he does?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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