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. How does Liz feel about her presence at Mundt's trial?

2. During Mundt's first interrogation of Leamas, what does Mundt report has happened to Fiedler?

3. What is the Praesidium?

4. Who arrives at the end of the Communist meeting Liz attends in East Germany?

5. What is Liz's reaction to the attendance numbers for the Communist meeting she attends in East Germany?

Short Essay Questions

1. Leamas and Fiedler are working toward what common goal?

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

3. Why is Liz so disheartened with the low turnout to the Communist Party meeting in East Germany?

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

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

6. What does Leamas realize about Mundt at the end of Mundt's trial?

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

8. What does Liz take away from her conversation with the wardeness in Chapter 24?

9. Explain Liz's interest in the Communist party and how this influences her reaction to their invitation.

10. What does Mundt want to know about George Smiley while Mundt is interrogating Leamas?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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