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. What is surprising about Frederica Bimmel's clothes in Chapter 52?

2. What was the name of Frederica's employer?

3. What does Catherine Martin do to try and tempt Precious?

4. How does Dr. Lecter escape?

5. What is the last question Jame Gumb asks Clarice?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Do you think Clarice's obsession with Buffalo Bill's victims is beneficial or harmful. Why?

3. Does Clarice gain insight into the person Frederica Bimmel was by exploring her room? What conclusions about Frederica does Clarice draw from the brief time she spends at the Bimmel house?

4. 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?

5. How does the FBI get information on Jame Gumb, and where does it lead them?

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

7. How does Dr. Lecter escape?

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

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

10. Do the Memphis guards underestimate Dr. Lecter? How do you know?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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?

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