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. Of what descent is Fiedler?.

2. Who comes to the German border first in chapter 1?

3. When Leamas is released from jail, how does he feel about the person he first meets?

4. What does Leamas learn about Elivra in Chapter 7?

5. What is Leamas' next mission once he returns to London?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the choice Leamas makes in Chapter 3 about who he hangs out with. Why does he make that choice.

4. Most of Leamas' information about Fielder and Mundt is based on what?

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

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

7. Using at least 3 adjectives, describe the overall tone of Chapter 1.

8. How does Leamas spend his time in prison after attacking the grocer?

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

10. How does Leamas react to what happens when Karl tries to cross the border in Chapter 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Throughout the book, we never learn Control's real name. Discuss three reasons why an author would choose not to have a character's real name ever mentioned in a book and what the effect is.

Essay Topic 3

Which 2 characters in The Spy Who Came in from the Cold have the strongest relationship? Use examples from the text to support your argument. Remember that a strong relationship can also mean a negative one.

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