A Man Called Intrepid: The Secret War Test | Final 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. What did the Nazis begin to do in Denmark?

2. How did the Germans retaliate for Heydrich's death?

3. Through whom did the United States pass arms to the British?

4. What was assembled to give the impression of an invasion at Dieppe?

5. From where had the last four men of the assassination team come?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the sinking of the Bismarck a few days later.

2. How did Stevenson head off Nazi support in Brazil?

3. Briefly explain who "TRICYCLE" was and his involvement with the United States.

4. What did the BSC plan to do about Heydrich and what is one of his most despicable duties?

5. Who was Niels Bohr and why are the British interested in him?

6. What was the American involvement in the war at this point (May, 1941)?

7. What did CYNTHIA discuss with CaptaiN Brousse and what does Stevenson decide to do in connection with what CYNTHIA learns?

8. Why did Bohr eventually leave Denmark and where does he go?

9. What was the purpose of operation JUBILEE and what did the Germans think was happening?

10. Who was CYNTHIA?

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

Stevenson watched as Germany armed itself and prepared for war while England tried to pacify him. Discuss the following:

1. Why does England continue to try to pacify Hitler as it is obvious Germany is re-arming itself in violation of the agreements at the end of WWI?

2. Do you think England and other European countries should have taken the initiative to stop the Germans from gearing for war?

3. What do you think England could have done differently before Germany's invasion of Austria and then Poland?

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