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. Who dumped Jame Gumb for another man?

2. How did Lecter kill Benjamin Raspail?

3. After Dr. Chilton sends everyone away, what does he tell Dr. Lecter?

4. How does Jame Gumb speak to his poodle?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

5. What creature does Clarice compare Dr. Chilton to and why?

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

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

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

9. Do you think that Clarice's actions at the storage space were born out of desperation?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One theme of this book is control and the loss or lack of it. Which characters seem to have control over their own situations, if any? Which characters are defined by their lack of control, and how do they work to gain control? Does control seem to be important to the FBI? The senator? Jame Gumb? Dr. Chilton? Clarice? Dr. Lecter? Jack Crawford? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The climax of the story is outlined in a fast paced, exciting scene. Describe the story's climax, how it can be identified as the climax, and how it set up the resolution.

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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