A Man Called Intrepid: The Secret War 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 did Stevenson watch England do?

2. Why did Sir Henry Tizard bring an assortment of confidential information to the United States?

3. Who was William Wiseman?

4. What was Stevenson working on to aid in code breaking?

5. What were the Americans doing in the field of codes?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How did William Stevenson get into the field of communications?

5. How did Donovan become more involved with Stevenson's work?

6. What did Stevenson want of Roosevelt, and why was Roosevelt dragging his feet?

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

8. How was it evident that the United States was headed for war?

9. What were Stevenson and Donovan doing just before Hitler's invasion of Russia?

10. How did Stevenson and Donovan try to delay Hitler's invasion of Russia?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The field of codes and ciphers played an important role in the war strategy of both the Allies and the Axis powers. Discuss the following:

1. Define and compare a code and a cipher.

2. Trace and analyze the theme of codes and ciphers throughout the book. Were they in use before WWII? When? How? How were codes and ciphers generated during WWII? How secure were codes and ciphers? Who had an edge on the other powers when it came to the use of codes and ciphers?

3. The Americans came up with a unique means of communicating securely by the use of "Navajo Code Talkers." Research and explain what that was about.

Essay Topic 2

Without Adolf Hitler's rise to power, WWII may never have occurred--at least on the European front; therefore, an understanding of the state of Germany at that time is essential to understanding many of the references in the book. Discuss the following:

1. Research and write an informative essay on the state of Germany during the 2 decades prior to the outbreak of WWII. What is the economy like? What are the major political parties? What do they stand for? What is the make-up of the German society as far as religious, racial and class?

Essay Topic 3

Britain was close to being bankrupt at fairly early in the war against Germany. Discuss the following:

1. How do countries finance wars?

2. Why don't you think the prohibitive cost of wars doesn't seem to serve as a deterrent to war?

3. Discuss some of the other costs of war. Is any goal of war worth these costs? Why or why not.

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