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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 the name of the reports Bletchley was producing?

2. Between what two agencies was cooperation arranged?

3. What book did Hitler write in the early 1920s?

4. What did Hitler want destroyed before invading England?

5. Where was Stevenson shot down in WWI?

Short Essay Questions

1. Give a few facts about William Stevenson.

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

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

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

5. What did Stevenson notice about Germany during his inspections?

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

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

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

9. Who was Madeleine?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Churchill realized there was no way to force Roosevelt's hand in entering the war. The declaration could only come from Congress. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think the writers of the Constitution made it so that Congress has to be the branch of government to declare war?

2. What do you think are a few justifiable reasons to declare war on another country? Do you think the United States was justified in declaring war on Germany? Why or why not.

3. Describe how, according to the book A Man Called Intrepid: The Secret War, Roosevelt helps England as much as possible until the American people and Congress decide to enter the war on the side of the Allies.

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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