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

2. Who was Reinhard Heydrich?

3. What did Stevenson investigate about an aspect of the Phony War?

4. Where was Stevenson shot down in WWI?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What sent Hitler into a rage; what does he do, and what is the result of Hitler's actions?

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

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

5. What did Roosevelt realize about Germany and its system of codes?

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

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

8. What did Stevenson learn from his network in Sweden?

9. How were reports sent out from Bermuda?

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

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

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

Chapter Twenty-Seven is about the agent Madeleine, whose real name was Noor Inayat Kahn. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze "Madeleine's" role as an intelligence agent. How does she become involved in intelligence work? What were her greatest contributions? What were her strengths and weaknesses? Do you think she could be called a hero/heroine?

2. Another agent, "CNYTHIA" actually gets sexually involved with several men in order to gain access to important information. Thoroughly discuss and analyze "Madeleine's" role as an intelligence agent. How does she become involved in intelligence work? What were her greatest contributions? What were her strengths and weaknesses? Do you think she could be called a hero/heroine?

3. Should women be involved in intelligence work? Should women (or men for that matter) be asked to become sexually involved with others (especially married persons) in order to complete an assignment?

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