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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. What creature from her childhood reminds Clarice of Dr. Chilton?

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

3. Who is Benjamin Raspail?

4. What is used by the people in the morgue to mask the smell of decay?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 26, how does the staff of the hospital ensure their safety and Dr. Lecter's cooperation while they are cleaning his cell, and how does Dr. Lecter entertain himself while they do this?

2. In Chapter 18, Crawford explains that he wants Clarice to talk to Dr. Lecter again. Why?

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

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

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

6. In Chapter 1, who is the serial killer the FBI wants to interview, and what does he offer to Clarice?

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

8. What factors might have combined to make Catherine Martin vulnerable to attack?

9. Why does Dr. Lecter refer to Clarice as a "cheap redneck, one generation out of the mines"? What might he hope to accomplish by insulting her?

10. What does Dr. Chilton do to thwart the FBI and insert himself into the Catherine Martin investigation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Clarisse first visits Dr. Lecter, she follows Crawford's directions on how to handle Dr. Lecter to the letter. Dr. Lecter baits her, trying to break the FBI profiler "trainee" so he can send her back to Crawford as an example. Why doesn't Dr. Lecter's ploy work? How does Clarisse counteract Dr. Lecter's prodding and teasing? Do you think Dr. Lecter would have treated her differently if she had been a man? If so, how? Would Dr. Lecter show more or less respect to a man? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Clarisse is a strong, independent woman, but in the beginning of the novel, one gets the feeling that she is slightly intimidated by the men around her. Why would Clarisse feel intimidated? Is there a turning point where she no longer appears to feel intimidated? If so, when does that turning point occur, and what happens to make you feel that she has finally come to feel equal to the men around her?

Essay Topic 3

Barney's character is an important, though rarely used, part of the novel. Barney seems to be the only person who can keep Dr. Lecter under control. He is also the only person who seems to earn Dr. Lecter's respect. What do you think it is about Barney that affects Dr. Lecter and causes to him behave and give Barney respect? Control is not something Dr. Lecter seems to give in to often, and when he does, he still seems to be seething under the surface. What do you think this says about Barney since Dr. Lecter seems to willingly surrender control (as much as he can) in Barney's presence.

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