A Man Called Intrepid: The Secret War Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why was J. Edgar Hoover angry?

2. What enabled the the invasion fleet for North Africa pass through the Straights of Gibraltar?

3. Where was the German radar?

4. What did CYNTHIA obtain from a former lover?

5. What reached the Italian Embassy in Rio?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In chapter 19, the narrator states that Ambassador Kennedy remained in London until Hitler began bombing London. The Roosevelt administration kept Kennedy in London as long as possible because they were afraid he would campaign against Roosevelt. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast Franklin D. Roosevelt to Ambassador Joseph Kennedy. How are they alike? How are they different? Compare their political views. How do they differ as regards the war in Europe? On what do they agree about the war in Europe?

2. Do you think it is an ethical move to keep a potential candidate away in order to win an election? What about the in view of the fact that Joseph Kennedy is in a potentially dangerous situation?

3. Why do you think Roosevelt believed he was the best person for the job of President of the United States when the country is on the brink of war? (This may require a little research).

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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