The Secret Agent Test | Final 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. Where does the Assistant Commissioner go after leaving his office early in the evening of the Greenwich Park blast?

2. What does Private Secretary Toodles initially assume when the assistant sommissioner arrives unexpectedly soon at the office of the secretary of state?

3. Having returned to her residence with Ossipon on the evening she murdered Mr. Verloc, where does Winnie see that the light remains on?

4. When it becomes apparent during their confrontation that Winnie wants to leave him, what does Mr. Verloc say to get a response from her?

5. On the afternoon he returns from his trip, why does Mr. Verloc decides he will go outside?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Mr. Verloc's disposition at the beginning of Chapter 9?

2. Where does the assistant commissioner go for his evening meal and what catches his attention?

3. Who does the assistant commissioner go to see at the start of Chapter 7? What figure of speech is used to compare these two figures? And what does the person the assistant commission visits express as his initial concern?

4. What does Mr. Verloc attempt to stress to his wife regarding the death of her sibling?

5. What is described as being what Mrs. Verloc fears most in the beginning of Chapter 12?

6. Describe what is compared to the sound of an insane clock at the conclusion of Chapter 11?

7. What does the assistant commissioner do upon completion of his meeting with Sir Ethelred, and what does he encounter?

8. What three things surprise Mr. Verloc upon his return from his ten days away?

9. Shortly after murdering Mr. Verloc, which individual does Winnie encounter in the street offering his assistance, and why is it ironic?

10. What is the assistant commissioner watching at the conclusion of Chapter 7 and what does he observe?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapters 9-13, Conrad introduces into the plot numerous ironic twists of fate involving the Verlocs and Ossipon. Please describe these twists and the irony involved. Examine how Conrad uses any other ironies within his tale.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Mr. Verloc fears the consequences of failing to satisfy his superiors. Consider in detail this and other instances of Conrad's use of the theme of fear in his story.

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