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. Who did Stevenson want to bring into Bletchley?

2. What shook Britain from its complacency?

3. Between what two agencies was cooperation arranged?

4. What concession did Stevenson gain from the United States?

5. Who traveled to London to meet with the King?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Donovan favor to help Britain out with its financial woes?

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

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

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

5. Why did Ambassador Kennedy remain in London until Hitler began bombing the city?

6. Give a few facts about William Stevenson.

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

8. Who was Madeleine?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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