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. While talking to Peters in the Hague, Leamas tells Peters of a top-secret operation. What was its code name?

2. In what time period is this novel taking place?

3. What does Liz buy for Leamas when she finds him in his apartment?

4. Once everyone realizes that Leamas is wanted in Britain, where does Peters take Leamas?

5. During the first part of Leamas' questioning, Peters disappears. How long is Peters gone for?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Name 3 things you learn about Leamas in Chapter 1.

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

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

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

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

8. In Chapter 5, why does Leamas tell Liz to leave and never come back?

9. Leamas sees something when he leaves Liz's apartment after spending the night for the first time. What does it tell Leamas?

10. Why does Leamas refuse to believe that there could have been a spy in East Germany that he didn't know about?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The title of the book can be seen as having multiple meanings. Take a position about what you think the title means, and provide examples from the text that demonstrate Leamas' time "in the cold," a time when he is considering coming in from the cold, and a time when he has clearly come in from the cold.

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

Trust plays a critical role in The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, between characters as well as between the reader and the author. Write about 3 specific instances in the novel where the reader must trust le Carre in order for the story to advance, even though le Carre isn't telling the reader all of the facts. How does this affect the book? How does it affect the relationship between le Carre and the reader? What devices does le Carre utilize to keep the reader's trust even though he is continually hiding the truth?

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