A Man Called Intrepid: The Secret War Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

William Stephenson
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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 was Stevenson's BSC busy doing?

2. How long did the bombing of Belgrade delay Hitler's invasion of Russia?

3. Who overthrew Prince Regent Paul?

4. What did the network of amateur Swede code breakers intercept?

5. How did the Germans communicate with their vessels?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What was happening At Bletchley with the Enigma?

4. Describe the growth of the Intrepid network into Bermuda.

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

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

7. What did Stevenson write about concerning Germany and how does he have access to the German communication network?

8. What efforts were being made in the field of intelligence and codes among countries that would eventually be at war?

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

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

Stevenson watched as Germany armed itself and prepared for war while England tried to pacify him. Discuss the following:

1. Why does England continue to try to pacify Hitler as it is obvious Germany is re-arming itself in violation of the agreements at the end of WWI?

2. Do you think England and other European countries should have taken the initiative to stop the Germans from gearing for war?

3. What do you think England could have done differently before Germany's invasion of Austria and then Poland?

Essay Topic 2

Reinhard Heydrich hosts a party at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel trying to persuade prominent Americans to not supply England. The opportunities for trade with the new German empire would be enormous. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze the involvement of American businesses and Germany prior to America's officially declaring war on Germany.

2. How do you think American businesses justified doing business with Germany? Do you think greed was involved? When does "good business sense" become greed?

3. Are American businesses legally allowed today to engage in commerce with a nation with whom the United States is involved in a declared war? How about an armed conflict? Is it fair for the government to regulate something like that? Why or why not? (Some of this may require some research).

Essay Topic 3

Politics plays an integral and important role in much of Stevenson's work and in how the various factions side with either the Allies or Axis powers. Discuss the following:

1. Discuss three situations in the book where politics plays a critical role in the outcome of the situation. Who are the principle players? What are the issues involved? Were there any "dirty" politics involved?

2. Is there any way to keep politics and war separate? Would it be a good idea to do so? Why or why not.

3. Do you feel any differently to Roosevelt knowing he chose to keep a potential challenger unable to do so? Do you think Roosevelt had the best chance of guiding the United States through WWII?

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