The Secret Agent 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 Mr. Verloc told by Mr. Wurmt when they have their meeting at the embassy?

2. What is the professor's master skill?

3. What reaction does Heat's supervisor have upon initially hearing of Michaelis's connection with the Greenwich Park explosion investigation?

4. Which phrase best describes Winnie?

5. Why is Heat annoyed at having to report to his supervisors?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Mr. Verloc described at the start of Chapter 2?

2. What description of the explosive device he carries on his person does the professor provide Ossipon?

3. How does Winnie's mother views her daughter's romance with the young butcher?

4. Why is it Mr. Verloc is able to leave his business in the hands of his brother-in-law in the morning?

5. How is Winnie Verloc's appearance described?

6. What are some of Karl Yundt's outstanding characteristics?

7. What happens when Mr. Verloc is going around putting out the lights in the house after the Red Committee's meeting and he encounters his wife's sibling watching him?

8. What problems are faced by Winnie Verloc's lone, younger sibling?

9. As the assistant commissioner does not believe that Chief Inspector Heat is being totally open with him, what are the items of information he finally receives before he dismisses him?

10. How is Michaelis described?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mrs. Verloc's mother was introduced at the start of the book, but steps out of the story in the flashback that takes place several weeks prior to the bombing. In Chapter 8, the reader learns a good bit about her character and the role she attempted to have in Stevie's well-being. Examine how Conrad uses this character in relaying his tale.

Essay Topic 2

Joseph Conrad uses the technique of foreshadowing throughout his text to suggest specific events that will transpire in later chapters. The nature of the Verloc's pornography shop revealed in Chapter 1, for instance, suggests they cross the line of respectability and not everything they engage in is legal. This foreshadows illegal activities in which Mr. Verloc will be engaged in later chapters. Examine five similar examples of where the author has used this technique of foreshadowing.

Essay Topic 3

Mr. Verloc has friends of his who are members of the International Red Committee as guests discussing social reform and terrorism. Examine how the author uses his novel, The Secret Agent, as a satire on anarchism.

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