The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad: Summary & Analysis


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Why do many critics consider the subtitle 'A Simple Tale' to be an ironic subtitle for The Secret Agent?

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1. In the novel The Secret Agent, the title of the pamphlets that the anarchist group Verloc works for is F.P. What does F.P. stand for?

2. Who kills Verloc toward the end of the novel The Secret Agent?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These study materials will help gauge your understanding of The Secret Agent. You will be quizzed on the novel's plot as well as the critical response to it.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • Where and when the novel takes place
  • The pamphlets produced by the anarchist group Verloc is a part of
  • The importance of the character Mr. Vladimir
  • Verloc's relationship with his wife, Winnie
  • The irony of the novel's subtitle, 'A Simple Tale'

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw out that most important information from the related lesson on The Secret Agent
  • Making connections - understand how the novel illustrated a complex way of looking at anarchism and terrorism
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about the novel to answer questions about the plot

Additional Learning

To learn more about this novel, review the lesson on The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad. This lesson has the following objectives:

  • Examine the complexity of the story
  • Discuss how it was received by critics
  • Explore how The Secret Agent can be used to study the psychology of terrorism