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 were the "trappers"?

2. Where was Roosevelt vacationing at the opening of Chapter 26?

3. What allowed engineers to view the German communication network?

4. Who did Stevenson want to bring into Bletchley?

5. Where was William Stevenson born?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Give a few facts about William Stevenson.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Britain was close to being bankrupt at fairly early in the war against Germany. Discuss the following:

1. How do countries finance wars?

2. Why don't you think the prohibitive cost of wars doesn't seem to serve as a deterrent to war?

3. Discuss some of the other costs of war. Is any goal of war worth these costs? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 3

Chapter Twenty-Seven is about the agent Madeleine, whose real name was Noor Inayat Kahn. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze "Madeleine's" role as an intelligence agent. How does she become involved in intelligence work? What were her greatest contributions? What were her strengths and weaknesses? Do you think she could be called a hero/heroine?

2. Another agent, "CNYTHIA" actually gets sexually involved with several men in order to gain access to important information. Thoroughly discuss and analyze "Madeleine's" role as an intelligence agent. How does she become involved in intelligence work? What were her greatest contributions? What were her strengths and weaknesses? Do you think she could be called a hero/heroine?

3. Should women be involved in intelligence work? Should women (or men for that matter) be asked to become sexually involved with others (especially married persons) in order to complete an assignment?

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