The Silence of the Lambs 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. The flutist for the Baltimore Philharmonic was missing two organs when he was discovered. What were the organs?

2. In Chapter 21, what does Dr. Chilton insist Clarice do that she refuses to do?

3. What is Jame Gumb's physical description?

4. What does Buffalo Bill demand that Catherine do, or else the hose will be turned on her?

5. How does Buffalo Bill abduct his latest victim in Chapter 15?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Dr. Lecter do for a living before he was imprisoned as a serial killer? What repercussions might be the result of his previous employment?

2. In Chapter 27, what does Chilton tell Dr. Lecter about the FBI to instill doubt in their honesty with Dr. Lecter?

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

4. Though Dr. Lecter does not believe the senator's offer is genuine because Crawford would never allow Dr. Lecter to benefit, for what does Dr. Lecter agree to offer his cooperation in exchange for, and how does he begin collecting on the proposal immediately?

5. How does Senator Martin try to affect Buffalo Bill psychologically?

6. What does Crawford think about Dr. Lecter's eerily accurate prediction that the girl would be scalped? How does Crawford feel about Dr. Lecter's other, unsubstantiated prediction?

7. How is Clarice rewarded or punished for her actions in Raspail's storage area and her subsequent conversation with Dr. Lecter?

8. How does Clarice display her attention to detail while examining the victim's body in Chapter 12?

9. As Catherine Martin examines her situation, what does she see, and what does she come to realize?

10. How does Clarice tactfully clear the room of excess law enforcement at the funeral home where the latest victim's body is being kept?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Foreshadowing is used several times throughout the novel. Where do you see foreshadowing being used? What events are being foreshadowed? Why do you think Thomas Harris chose these events to foreshadow? Is the technique effective? How?

Essay Topic 2

Clarice's childhood is an important part of the story. What events occurred to lead her to a career with the FBI? Do you think if her father had not been in "law enforcement" and had still died at the hands of criminals that Clarice would have chosen the same career path? Why or why not? How do you think her time at the horse (glue) farm affected her future choices? Why? Do you think Clarice will be able to let go of her past and let the "lambs stop screaming"? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Strength and perseverance keep Catherine Martin from losing hope once she has been abducted. Though her situation seems hopeless, she finds an inner strength to fight her character.Catherine Martin is a very clever girl, and she is not about to go down without a fight. How does Catherine show her strength and spoil Buffalo Bill's plans for her? How does he react? Is Buffalo Bill a strong person, or is his weakness part of what makes up his character?

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