Thunderball 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 Bond ask May to cook him before he leaves?

2. What did Petacchi get on the flight as?

3. What does Lippe offer Bond 50,000 for?

4. What would the blackmailers need to set off the bombs?

5. How does Fleming describe Largo's nose?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Blofeld kill no.12?

2. Describe Emilio Largo.

3. What is the only way the terrorists could set off the nuclear bombs?

4. Why does Blofeld use a violet-scented breath freshener?

5. What three desires does Bond say he is still obsessed by?

6. Describe the Disco Volante.

7. What does M think happened to the plane carrying the nuclear weapons?

8. What does the driver tell Bond about Shrublands?

9. How does Miss Moneypenny reassure Bond's secretary?

10. What is Blofeld's background?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Identify the main themes of the story. Why do you think these themes are so important to the story? How does Fleming use character and setting to express these themes?

Essay Topic 2

Thunderball is known as spy fiction.

1) What are the conventions of the genre in terms of character, language and plot?

2) In what way did the Bond series help to set the template for similar novels? Do modern novels still use the ideas used in Thunderball?

Essay Topic 3

The Bond books greatly influenced modern literature and, in particular, crime books. Choose a book written after the novel that you think was influenced by it and discuss their similarities in terms of

a) plot

b) character

c) themes

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