On Her Majesty's Secret Service 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 Blofeld pleased at the prospect of being officially named as?

2. What is the name of the master criminal Bond is trying to track down?

3. What does Bond give Tracy as they sail off?

4. What does Bond rent in this chapter?

5. Who does Bond hope does not hear the conversation he has with the man?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Tracy suggest that she is suicidal?

2. What does Mr. Franklin suspect Blofeld's plan is?

3. How does Bond deal with the man who asks if he is Sir Hilary Bray?

4. What does Bond find out about one of the girls at the bar in Chapter 13?

5. Who is Ernst Stravo Blofeld?

6. Describe the meeting between Bond and Blofeld in Chapter 11.

7. How does Bond successfully play baccarat?

8. Summarize the novel.

9. How does Bond react when Draco asks him to marry his daughter?

10. Describe Bond's dream in Chapter 20.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Fleming writes On Her Majesty's Secret Service in the third person. Why do you think Fleming chose to write the story in the third person? How do you think the meaning of the story would have changed if Fleming wrote it in the first person?

Essay Topic 2

Identify the main themes of the story. In what way are these themes relevant to the time period? How does Fleming use character and setting to express these themes?

Essay Topic 3

Look at the structure of the novel.

1) How does Fleming use character and dialogue to drive the narrative?

2) Discuss elements of the narrative structure: exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the novel's themes?

3) Aside from the main character examine the way Fleming uses the other characters in the story. When does he introduce and take them away from the story? What effect does it have on the story?

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