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. Who was Colin Gubbins?

2. What did ships from the United States to Lisbon receive when they stopped in Bermuda?

3. What did Stevenson specialize in at Oxford?

4. Of what did Roosevelt have to convince Americans?

5. What was Roosevelt's coded name in his correspondence with Churchill?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who was Madeleine?

2. What did Churchill appoint Stevenson to and out of where does he operate?

3. What did Stevenson want of Roosevelt, and why was Roosevelt dragging his feet?

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

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

6. What were Stevenson and Donovan doing just before Hitler's invasion of Russia?

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

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

9. Give a few facts about William Stevenson.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Plans for the assassination of Heydrich began in August 1941, even through they didn't carry out the plot until after Pearl Harbor. As Heydrich lay in a hospital dying, the Germans began a series of retributions by killing one hundred Czechs every evening. More killings followed as houses were searched. The people were killed in the village where the assassins had landed. The village of Lidice was burned to the ground. Discuss the following:

1. Is the act of assassination honorable? Justifiable? Should governments such as the United States condone and assist in assassinations? What about the idea of a fair trial? Does an assassination take that idea into account? Should it?

2. Do you think the BSC and OSS would have carried out the assassination of Heydrich had they known of the probable consequences? Why or why not? Was the assassination of one man worth the death of hundreds more?

3. Thoroughly discuss Henrich Heydrich and his role in the Nazi war machine and atrocities carried out by the Nazis.

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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