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 was Hitler's invasion of Russia code named?

2. Who was Reinhard Heydrich?

3. What was one thing Stevenson saw a value in during the time between world wars?

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

5. Where did Ian Fleming train?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What was happening At Bletchley with the Enigma?

3. Discuss Camp X.

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How were reports sent out from Bermuda?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

The book is concerned with the beginnings of modern-day intelligence gathering services. There have always been spies between enemies--but Stevenson's work takes the gathering of information to a much higher level of sophistication.

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of spying throughout the book. Why do countries spy on each other? Is it an honorable occupation? Legal? Necessary? Give examples of how spying created advantages for the Allies. For the Axis.

2. Trace and analyze the creation and continued perfecting of technology used to enhance the gathering of intelligence. Did either the Allies or Axis have superior technology? What is the technology? Why does one side (if so) have more sophisticated technology over the other?

3. In many countries, spying, though considered necessary, is also looked at with a certain degree of distaste. Trace and analyze the attitude toward spies and spying in the book. Are spies considered honorable? What happens to spies caught behind enemy lines? Is spying moral?

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