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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 could Stevenson see as he inspected German factories?

2. Who overthrew Prince Regent Paul?

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

4. What did Roosevelt promise the King and Queen of England?

5. Of what group were the woman part of in training at Camp X?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Discuss Camp X.

3. Describe the problems that were occurring in the British and American intelligence communities after TORCH.

4. Who was Madeleine?

5. What happened to the BSC after Roosevelt died?

6. Discuss operation TORCH.

7. How did the Brits gain access to a V-1 in order to study it?

8. How did the Germans retaliate for the death of Heydrich and what was the result of the Germans' actions?

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

10. Where did Bohr and his son, Aage, ultimately end up?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Roosevelt wanted American action to guarantee the British supply lines but was limited by public opinion. American advisers were sent to Britain. The role of the American crew on the British plane was kept a secret for thirty-two years. Discuss the following:

1. In a democracy that is supposedly for and by the people, is it right to keep information from the public when it is no longer of any strategic significance? Discuss this idea fully.

2. Research and discuss the "Freedom of Information Act" and how it may have affected the release of information to the American public during WWII or shortly thereafter.

3. Do you think most governments keep too many secrets? Or not enough? Discuss in light of A Man Called Intrepid: The Secret War and your own research.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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