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

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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. Who did Roosevelt send to Britain?

2. To whom was CYNTHIA married?

3. Who ran their own activities from their Washington embassy?

4. What did the Germans spend years doing prior to WWII in the United States?

5. What reached the Italian Embassy in Rio?

Essay 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

Reinhard Heydrich hosts a party at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel trying to persuade prominent Americans to not supply England. The opportunities for trade with the new German empire would be enormous. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze the involvement of American businesses and Germany prior to America's officially declaring war on Germany.

2. How do you think American businesses justified doing business with Germany? Do you think greed was involved? When does "good business sense" become greed?

3. Are American businesses legally allowed today to engage in commerce with a nation with whom the United States is involved in a declared war? How about an armed conflict? Is it fair for the government to regulate something like that? Why or why not? (Some of this may require some research).

Essay Topic 3

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.

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