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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the name of the man in the Packard?
(a) Benjamin Raspail.
(b) Jack Crawford.
(c) Everett Yow.
(d) Klaus.

2. Buffalo Bill has how many known victims?
(a) Two.
(b) Twenty-four.
(c) Seventeen.
(d) Five.

3. Why does Jack Crawford want Clarice to start talking to Dr. Lecter again?
(a) Because he believes Dr. Lecter lied about the how, why and by whom of Klaus' death.
(b) Because he wants to get Clarice out of the way, and he thinks getting her to talk to Dr. Lecter will do just that.
(c) Because he thinks Dr. Lecter can teach Clarice some profiling skills.
(d) Because he thinks Clarice can get Dr. Lecter to tell her who Buffalo Bill really is.

4. What is the name of the FBI trainee selected to assist with the serial killer investigation?
(a) Jack Crawford.
(b) Barney.
(c) Clarice Starling.
(d) Benjamin Raspail.

5. Who is Benjamin Raspail?
(a) Starling's African-American roommate.
(b) A flutist for the Baltimore Philharmonic who disappeared in March of 1975.
(c) A cheap redneck, one generation out of the mines.
(d) A psychiatrist who likes to play mind games with law enforcement.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Clarice believe the dead girl is from town rather than a country girl?

2. In Chapter 25, what specific attributes does Dr. Lecter tell Clarice to look for when hunting for Buffalo Bill?

3. What kind of insect does the Erebus odora cocoon belong to?

4. What does Dr. Lecter feel when recalling the death of Benjamin Raspail?

5. What does Dr. Lecter thank Barney for?

Short Essay Questions

1. What might the Black Witch Moth symbolize to Buffalo Bill?

2. Do you think Clarice sees Crawford as a father figure? Why or why not?

3. Why would Dr. Lecter be offended by being interviewed by a FBI trainee? How does he control the environment around him? How does he control the conversation with Clarice?

4. What were the circumstances surrounding Benjamin Raspail's death? What was his actual cause of death?

5. What is Crawford's angle to get Dr. Lecter to assist the FBI in the Buffalo Bill investigation?

6. How does Dr. Lecter work his way into the Buffalo Bill investigation when his only purpose to the FBI was to be as a tool for study through his psychological evaluation? Again, how does he show his disdain for law enforcement? If he is so anti-authority, why does he speak with Clarice?

7. Working under time pressure, what information will Clarice present to Dr. Lecter as inside information? Why is Clarice not to trust Dr. Chilton?

8. Why is Dr. Lecter called "Hannibal the Cannibal"? Give an example. Does his viciousness tell you anything about his psychoses?

9. Why is Clarice so eager to run headlong into uncertainty?

10. What does Bella's impending death do to Jack Crawford? How does it affect him physically? Mentally? Is he prepared for her death?

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