The Spy Who Came in from the Cold Test | Final 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 has happened to Leamas between when he was knocked out and when he wakes up?

2. Who does Liz receive a letter from?

3. Who does Fiedler believe to be the special agent?

4. During Mundt's trial, what piece of incriminating evidence does Liz say?

5. When Mundt is first interrogating Leamas, Mundt tells Leamas that he must confess:

Short Essay Questions

1. What response does Leamas give Liz about her feelings on the situation?

2. What does Leamas' decision on top of the border wall represent?

3. What incriminating piece of evidence does Liz disclose at Mundt's trial?

4. What problem does Liz pose for Leamas when she enters the courtroom during Mundt's trial?

5. Why doesn't Leamas question the response from the bank in Chapter 14?

6. What does Liz's arrival at Mundt's trial tell Leamas about British intelligence?

7. At the end of Chapter 20, how is Leamas feeling about his mission?

8. After Mundt's trial ends, who does Liz believe to be "right" and "good" in the situation?

9. Does Liz trust the Communist party? Use at least one example from Chapter 15 to support your answer.

10. Why does Leamas react the way that he does when Fiedler mentions Liz for the first time?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The truth can be hard to find within The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. While finding the truth is part of the plot, it also proves to be a challenge for the reader. Select three "facts" that the reader must assume, at the beginning of the story, are true in order for the rest of the book to be believable. Then show, using specific examples from the text, how those "facts" are later proven to be untrue, and how le Carre exposes their falsity.

Essay Topic 2

Write a 2-3 page essay arguing that Leamas is a good man. Use at least 3 examples from the story to provide evidence for your argument. Then, write a 2-3 page essay arguing that Leamas is a bad man. Again, use at least 3 examples from the story to provide evidence for your argument.

Essay Topic 3

Chapter 5 (in which Liz nurses Leamas back to health) provides a significant amount of character development that is utilized throughout the rest of the novel. Give 3 things we learn about both Liz and Leamas in Chapter 5. Then describe, using examples from the text, how that information comes into play later in the story.

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