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. What does Leamas believe Ashe to be?

2. Who does Leamas meet when he is released from jail?

3. What is this person who visits Liz while Leamas is in prison interested in knowing?

4. What does Leamas go to jail for?

5. What does Leamas expect will happen when he meets with Control in Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Kiever make Leamas' fake passport expire so soon?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Leamas' final choice at the end of the novel can be seen as a bit controversial. Write a 2-3 page paper, using evidence from the text, arguing that Leamas' choice was not surprising based on what you know about his character. Then, write a 2-3 page paper, using evidence from the text, aruging that Leamas' choice was completely surprising based on what you know about his character.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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