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. Following a verbal confrontation between Winnie and Mr. Verloc on the evening she learns of Stevie's death, what does her Mr. Verloc presume?

2. With the fear of the gallows looming ahead of her, what is it Winnie initially decides to do on the night of Mr. Verloc's death?

3. At the start of Chapter 11, right after Heat departs, how does Mr. Verloc find Winnie?

4. To which neighborhood does the Assistant Commissioner travel quickly by hansom from Soho on the evening of the Greenwich Park blast?

5. When asked, what is it that the secretary of state is told that makes it unnecessary to incarcerate the person he is concerned about?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Mrs. Verloc's sibling do when a cab driver whips his horse on the ride over to the charity home? Why does her sibling reaction in this way?

3. What is it the cab driver complains about at the house and what is the sibling's reaction?

4. At the beginning of Chapter 10, which fish are used in the discussion concerning the level of importance of the political figure to be caught?

5. What is the assistant commissioner's primary goal in briefing Sir Ethelred?

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

7. What name does Mrs. Verloc refer to Ossipon by and why does it excite him?

8. When Ossipon jumps from the moving train and abandons Mrs. Verloc with no funds, what does he tell the railway workers who gather around him?

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

10. Describe what Mrs. Verloc's mother is doing at the start of Chapter 8 and what is motivating her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 2, the reader discovers Mr. Verloc is a secret agent and later discovers he has been an informant. Examine in detail this and other instances of how Conrad approaches the theme of loyalty.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Conrad's tale upon the actual bombing around which it is loosely based. What are the similarities? What are the differences? Did Conrad's work warrant the complaint it received?

Essay Topic 3

Honesty, or lack of it, is a trait that is touched upon repeatedly by Conrad in this work. Some lacked virtually any at all. Others' levels of honesty were determined by what they were seeking. Examine the trait of honesty in the characters in this tale and what governed it.

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