Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy 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 Bill see that scares him?

2. What musical lesson is Bill leaving when he spies on Jim in his trailer?

3. What country does one of Alleline's reports describe the purges and changes in?

4. Who does not lie to Smiley about his involvement in Witchcraft?

5. What is Guilliam's first name?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Haydon tell Smiley to cut himself off from Control?

2. Why is Smiley suspicious about Tarr during their conversation in Chapter 9?

3. Why do Guilliam and Smiley keep a secret from Tarr at the end of Chapter 22?

4. Why does Tarr think should Irina should defect as soon as possible?

5. What does Guilliam learn about the annexes during his run at the archives?

6. What does Irina confess to Tarr during their time in Hong Kong?

7. Why does Alleline want to know if Guilliam has met with Tarr?

8. How does Bill Roach feel about himself as the novel opens?

9. Why is the Matron worried about Bill Roach?

10. Why does Smiley think Merlin is in London?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Look at the character Jerry. How does the author portray Jerry? How does the narrator characterize him? How does Jerry interact with Smiley? What new information does his conversation with Smiley reveal? How does he help to move the story's plot along? Do you think his job as a journalist is significant? Why or why not? Use examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

What role does Peter Guilliam play in the story? How does he help Smiley find the moles? What does it signify that he does everything Smiley tells him to do, including breaching procedures? Do you think it is important that his father was a spy for the British?

Essay Topic 3

Explore the use of mystery in the novel. What techniques does the author use to create a mystery for his reader? Why do you think the author keeps the identity of the mole a secret from the reader as long as if is unknown to Smiley? Do you notice any clues to the reader about who the mole is?

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