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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 does Noble Pilcher tell Clarice that the word "moth" once meant?

2. What characteristic of Buffalo Bill is evident in the blouse found by the police homeless man's cart?

3. In psychoanalytic terms, what is an imago?

4. Who is Dr. Danielson?

5. Why does Jack Crawford want Clarice to start talking to Dr. Lecter again?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Jame Gumb suddenly decide to kill Catherine, and how does he plan to do it?

3. 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?

4. 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?

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

6. How does Clarice end up at Jame Gumb's house, and why does she go in?

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

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

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

10. How does Clarice demonstrate her resourcefulness at the storage unit crime scene?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Just about every serial killer has a "signature" that he leaves with his victim. Jame Gumb's signature as Buffalo Bill is the cocoon of the Black Witch Moth. What do you think is the significance of the cocoon in the victims' throat? Do you think the insect species is representative of anything to Jame Gumb? Why would he choose the throat as the location for his signature?

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

Jack Crawford's wife, Bella, is dying. He is consumed with guilt about her illness and his inability to be with her at all times. How does Crawford manifest this guilt in his work? Do you think his pursuit of Buffalo Bill is intensified because of this guilt? Explain why or why not, using references from the book to support your choice.

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