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 does the armoire in Jame Gumb's sewing room contain?

2. Describe Boyle's condition when Sergeant Tate's men reach the fifth floor.

3. In Chapter 43, what is the name of Dr. Lecter's latest victim?

4. Why does Jame Gumb invite Clarice into his house?

5. Dr. Lecter checks into the elegant Marcus Hotel. What is special about this hotel?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What happens after Clarice realizes that Jame Gumb is Buffalo Bill, and he realizes she knows?

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

7. What pivotal event happens to Jack Crawford in Chapter 45, and how does he respond to this event?

8. How does Dr. Lecter escape?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Thomas Harris' development of Dr. Lecter's character is incisive and disturbing. Do you think this story is more about Dr. Lecter than Buffalo Bill, or do you think there is a tandem development of the two? Which killer seems more frightening: Dr. Lecter with his impressive intelligence and almost unparalleled ability to manipulate, or Buffalo Bill's seemingly primal drive to have the perfect woman suit?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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