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 comes to the German border first in chapter 1?

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

3. While Leamas is in prison, he:

4. What does Leamas say in his secret letter to Liz?

5. Who is Elvira?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In Chapter 12, what does Leamas remember about Controls' advice regarding Fiedler?

3. What do Leamas' interactions with other people in Chapter 2 tell the reader about his character?

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

5. Name 3 things you learn about Leamas' life in Chapter 8.

6. Why does Leamas need his life and his mistakes to be so public in Chapter 3?

7. Why does Leamas take a long, complicated route when he meets up with his contact after being released from prison?

8. What logistics does Kiever have covered at the end of Chapter 7?

9. In Chapter 3, is Leamas the spy the same person as Leamas the public man? Why or why not?

10. How does Leamas react to Liz's secret? Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Research the basics of le Carre's life and explore how his personal and professional life may have had an impact on the story. Explain how le Carre's depiction of Leamas, the world of secret intelligence, and East Germany may have been shaped by specific examples from le Carre's own personal background and experiences.

Essay Topic 2

Who is duped the most in The Spy Who Came in from the Cold: Liz, Leamas, Fiedler, or the reader? Provide at least 3 examples from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

The character of Liz Gold plays a pivotal role in the novel. Could it be argued that Liz is also working for the British intelligence service? Citing 3 examples from the text, write an argument that either supports or denies this hypothesis. Make sure to use at lease 3 examples from the text to support your position.

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