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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. Why was flying to England monthly dangerous for Stevenson?

2. What was canceled due to the protests of the royalty of various countries?

3. What did Hitler want destroyed before invading England?

4. What sendt Hitler into a rage that results in the heavy bombing of Belgrade?

5. What did the British capture just before the invasion of Poland by Germany?

Short Essay Questions

1. What began on July 10,1940, and how does Britain respond?

2. How were reports sent out from Bermuda?

3. What was taking place in Germany in the early 1920s and how does that influence Stevenson?

4. Who was Madeleine?

5. What did Heydrich try to accomplish by his party in New York City?

6. What did Churchill appoint Stevenson to and out of where does he operate?

7. What was the problem with the sea lanes and what is done?

8. Why did Ambassador Kennedy remain in London until Hitler began bombing the city?

9. What did Stevenson notice about Germany during his inspections?

10. How was intelligence work in England and the United States developing during the time just before the outbreak of WWII?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Churchill appoints Stevenson the director of His Majesty's Secret Intelligence Services and gives him a great deal of latitude in performing his duties. The organization was known as the BSC or British Security Coordination and it established headquarters in New York City. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think the BSC chooses to headquarter in New York City? Does it seem like a good choice to you? Why or why not.

2. Do you think the United States would tolerate an intelligence-gathering organization from another country to operate freely and openly today? Why or why not? What if it were an ally in a wartime situation?

3. What do you think were the advantages and disadvantages of having the BSC headquartered in New York City?

Essay Topic 2

In chapter 19, the narrator states that Ambassador Kennedy remained in London until Hitler began bombing London. The Roosevelt administration kept Kennedy in London as long as possible because they were afraid he would campaign against Roosevelt. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast Franklin D. Roosevelt to Ambassador Joseph Kennedy. How are they alike? How are they different? Compare their political views. How do they differ as regards the war in Europe? On what do they agree about the war in Europe?

2. Do you think it is an ethical move to keep a potential candidate away in order to win an election? What about the in view of the fact that Joseph Kennedy is in a potentially dangerous situation?

3. Why do you think Roosevelt believed he was the best person for the job of President of the United States when the country is on the brink of war? (This may require a little research).

Essay Topic 3

Churchill realized there was no way to force Roosevelt's hand in entering the war. The declaration could only come from Congress. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think the writers of the Constitution made it so that Congress has to be the branch of government to declare war?

2. What do you think are a few justifiable reasons to declare war on another country? Do you think the United States was justified in declaring war on Germany? Why or why not.

3. Describe how, according to the book A Man Called Intrepid: The Secret War, Roosevelt helps England as much as possible until the American people and Congress decide to enter the war on the side of the Allies.

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