The Silence of the Lambs Test | Final 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 is John Grant?

2. What makes Senator Martin afraid that she has trusted a fool in trusting Dr. Chilton?

3. Who taught Jame Gumb how to sew?

4. The men find Dr. Lecter's body on top of the elevator. What do they realize as they bring the body through the elevator ceiling hatch?

5. In which state did Frederica Bimmel live?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Do you think that Paul Krendler helps or hinders the investigation by giving in to Senator Martin's wishes?

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

6. Do you think that Clarice overstepped her bounds by visiting Dr. Lecter without going through the proper channels?

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

8. What is Catherine's plan, and describe her attempts to get Jame Gumb to release her?

9. What happens/happened in Jame Gumb's basement, and what aspects of the basement add to the terror of his victims?

10. Once Clarice finds out about Jame Gumb and the FBI team on its way to Illinois to apprehend the killer, how and why does she continue her investigation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapters 12 and 13, Crawford's treatment of Clarisse at Potter's Funeral Home while inspecting the body of Buffalo Bill's latest victim is carefully scripted, though this is not apparent to Clarisse at the time. How does Clarisse feel when Crawford asks to see the sheriff to speak "man-to-man"? How does Clarisse find out that Crawford had ulterior motives in getting the deputy to speak to him alone? What is her reaction to this? Does Clarisse have a point, and do you think that point is taken?

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

Clarice's childhood is an important part of the story. What events occurred to lead her to a career with the FBI? Do you think if her father had not been in "law enforcement" and had still died at the hands of criminals that Clarice would have chosen the same career path? Why or why not? How do you think her time at the horse (glue) farm affected her future choices? Why? Do you think Clarice will be able to let go of her past and let the "lambs stop screaming"? Why or why not?

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