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. Which feature of Blofeld's makes it likely that he is a count?

2. What country is Bond vacationing in?

3. Who meets Bond at the airport?

4. What does Tracy want to repay Bond's 40 million francs with?

5. Who does Draco say died ten years ago?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What strange things does Bond notice at dinner?

3. What is Basilisk's plan for Bond to meet Blofeld?

4. Describe the bar game Bond plays with the ten girls.

5. Describe the first meeting between Bond and Tracy.

6. Why is Bond finding it difficult to track down Blofeld?

7. Describe the race between Bond and the woman.

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

9. Why does Bond choose Sir Hilary Bray as his cover?

10. Who is Ernst Stravo Blofeld?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine Fleming's writing style. How would you describe Fleming's prose style? What kind of vocabulary does he use? Does he use any specific writing techniques? What meaning does Fleming's style give to the story?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the novel's chronological setting.

1) What were the main concerns during the 1960s? How does Fleming express these concerns?

2) In what ways do you think the novel's meaning would change if it were set in today's society?

Essay Topic 3

On Her Majesty's Secret Service is part of the spy fiction genre.

1) What are the conventions of the genre in terms of character, language and plot?

2) In what way did the Bond series help to set the template for similar novels? Do modern novels still use the ideas used in On Her Majesty's Secret Service?

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