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. What did Clarice take with her when she ran away from the ranch, and why did she take it?

2. Why doesn't Dr. Lecter think that Buffalo Bill is a sadist?

3. In Chapter 22, Dr. Lecter tells Clarice that Buffalo Bill wants what?

4. What is the name of the Section Chief of the Behavioral Sciences department who is under considerable stress to catch the serial killer, Buffalo Bill?

5. What does Dr. Lecter draw upon to entertain himself while his cell is being cleaned?

Short Essay Questions

1. At what point is it apparent to Clarice that Jame Gumb is Buffalo Bill?

2. Where does the FBI go to try to find out Buffalo Bill's true identity, and what is the result?

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

4. What would the reasons be for Chilton and Krendler to try and blame Dr. Lecter's escape on Clarice?

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

6. What is an imago, and how does this relate to Buffalo Bill?

7. How does Dr. Lecter manipulate the conversation with Senator Martin, as well as anyone else needing his assistance?

8. Do you think that Dr. Lecter left the cipher in the toilet for Senator Martin or for Clarice?

9. How does Dr. Lecter avoid suspicion after his escape?

10. How does Catherine Martin throw the proverbial wrench into Jame Gumb's harvest rituals?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Describe Catherine Martin's abduction in detail. Why do you think she let her guard down? Were there contributing factors? If so, what were they?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

There are several symbols in the story. Identify at least three symbols used in the story. What do the symbols represent? Do the symbols mean the same thing throughout the story? How do the symbols impact the readers' understanding of the plot? How do they add substance to the character using the symbol?

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