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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 did Stevenson's London office serve as?

2. What was a serious problem for British shipping?

3. With whom did King George V say he would not collaborate?

4. What name did Churchill and Stevenson choose?

5. How did the Germans communicate with their vessels?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What was the Phony War?

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

7. What began on July 10,1940, and how does Britain respond?

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

9. Give a few facts about William Stevenson.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Roosevelt had to convince the American public to support England. Supply lines had to remain open, and England needed destroyers and other war equipment. This placed Roosevelt in an awkward position because he was running for re-election and couldn't openly be pro-war. Discuss the following:

1. What does it say about presidential power that Roosevelt could not just hand over money and equipment to England?

2. Do you think Roosevelt should have allowed the upcoming election to influence his public stance on the war? Why or why not?

3. Research the attitude of the people of the United States towards the early part of the war going on in Europe. Did they think it was any of their business? Why or why not? What was the general consensus about entering the war on the side of Great Britain?

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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