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 does Leamas first do when he realizes he is going to be attacked after being out with Fiedler?

2. Who climbs up the border wall first?

3. How is Liz transported to the "special meeting" she is told she needs to attend?

4. After Liz's testimony at Mundt's trial, what does Leamas express his severe disappointment in?

5. What does the commissar tell Liz about what will happen to Fiedler?

Short Essay Questions

1. During the Tribunal, and in response to Fiedler's questioning, what does Leamas say about Mundt being a secret agent?

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

3. How might the tone at the beginning of Chapter 21 be described? How might the tone at the end of Chapter 21 be described?

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

5. Is Leamas' treatment at the hands of Mundt surprising? Why or why not?

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

7. What might Liz's disenchantment about the Community Party foreshadow?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Foreshadowing plays a strong role in The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. Using the 3 earliest examples of foreshadowing that you can find in the book, explain what they foreshadow and how their presence helps the reader understand what happens at the conclusion of the text.

Essay Topic 3

Leamas' final choice at the end of the novel may seem surprising to some readers, but not surprising to others. Find three examples in the text that foreshadow this ending, making sure to explain how each one directly connects to Leamas' final decision at the border crossing.

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