The Silence of the Lambs Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Dr. Lecter offers his "insight" on Buffalo Bill in return for what from Clarice?

2. What is notable about the vacation spot that Senator Martin offers to Dr. Lecter in return for information to aid in the return of her daughter?

3. What does Jack Crawford think that Dr. Lecter might have done just for fun?

4. When the roll-up door gets stuck, how does Clarice open it far enough for her to get under?

5. Who killed the man in the Packard and why?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What pivotal event happens to Jack Crawford in Chapter 45, and how does he respond to this event?

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

4. Why doesn't Dr. Lecter think that Buffalo Bill is a sadist, and what does he think Buffalo Bill actually wants?

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

6. What price did Clarice pay to stay on the Buffalo Bill investigation, and do you think she feels the price was too high?

7. What advice does Crawford give Clarice about being a good leader?

8. What happens to frustrate Clarice after she learns of Catherine Martin's abduction by Buffalo Bill?

9. Does Clarice gain insight into the person Frederica Bimmel was by exploring her room? What conclusions about Frederica does Clarice draw from the brief time she spends at the Bimmel house?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 37, the guards' carelessness results in chaos. Dr. Lecter has planned the perfect escape. Describe what occurs during the chaos following the shots heard while the courthouse is filled with officers waiting to relieve the eleven to seven shift. Exactly how does Dr. Lecter fulfill his plan?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

What events lead to Clarisse's discovery that Buffalo Bill is making a suit out of the skin he takes from his victims? Where was she when she had this realization? What specific occurrence leads to this theory?

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