The Spy Who Came in from the Cold 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 are the Vopos?

2. What person does Leamas think of and remember while being questioned by Peters?

3. Which of the following jobs does Leamas also take in Chapter 3?

4. Who does Ashe introduce Leamas to in Chapter 7?

5. What big secret does Liz tell Leamas?

Short Essay Questions

1. How might the relationship between Miss Crail and Leamas be described? What makes it that way?

2. Who does Leamas assume is behind his story and picture being in the paper?

3. What helps Leamas the most in his creation of a public persona in Chapter 3? How does it help him?

4. In Chapter 10, what is the character of Liz Gold beginning to represent?

5. What does Leamas' political philosophy (or lack thereof) symbolize?

6. What shooting rule do the West German guards operate under?

7. Based on the description of Leamas in Chapter 2, list 3 adjectives that describe him physically.

8. Does Leamas' personal life seem in conflict or in line with his professional life? Why?

9. When Leamas and Liz first meet, is Leamas interested or disinterested in Liz? Given an example from the text to support your answer.

10. When Fiedler asks Leamas about his political philosophy, how does Leamas respond?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Violence plays a very significant role in a major turning point in the text, when Leamas is attacked, bound, and presented to Mundt. Write an essay discussing the use of violence in The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. What could have been accomplished without the use of violence? What could not have been accomplished if all violence was eliminated? Make sure to use examples from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

Would The Spy Who Came in from the Cold's characters' personal struggles change if placed in a more modern-day situation (for example, a British spy during the Iraq war)? Support your answer by using 3 specific examples, and compare or contrast your modern-day evidence to events or situations in the text.

Essay Topic 3

Leamas' final choice at the end of the novel may seem surprising to some readers, but not surprising to others. Find three examples in the text that foreshadow this ending, making sure to explain how each one directly connects to Leamas' final decision at the border crossing.

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