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

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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. When was the invasion fleet for JUBILEE ready?

2. What did the Allies think they had failed to do?

3. Where was the German radar?

4. Why was J. Edgar Hoover angry?

5. What correspondence was CYNTHIA asked to obtain?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss operation TORCH.

2. How did the BSC set up Hitler to believe that Heydrich's death was "in the stars"?

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

4. Describe how the Bismarck was encountered in Norwegian waters by the Hood.

5. Who was CYNTHIA?

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

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

8. Describe the trials of trying to obtain the French naval ciphers.

9. What did the Brits do to even the research race for the atomic bomb?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

There is a time of one-hundred-and-fifty days that was known as the "Phony War." This consisted of communications between Churchill, coded "Naval Person" and Roosevelt coded "POTUS." Discuss the following:

1. Research the "Phony War" and write a brief informative essay about how it affected Great Britian, France, Germany and the United States.

2. Do you think anything could have been done during the Phony War to have averted a world war?

3. What event(s) precipitated the phony war into the real war? At this point, was war inevitable? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 3

Hitler was expanding his terror bombing to other English cities. Warning those population centers would give away their capability to break the German codes. No warnings were given. Later, when coded messages are broken about Hitler's imminent invasion of Russia, the intelligence community warns Russia but is not taken seriously because the BSC will not reveal their source. Discuss the following:

1. Is it moral to hold back information to save innocent civilian lives in order to keep Germany from knowing that its codes were compromised?

2. Many people would argue that it is for the greater good that some people had to suffer (i.e., those in cities who are bombed without warning). Does the concept of the "greater good" apply in this situation? Why or why not.

3. Do you think Russia could have done things any differently even if they had been warned about Hitler's imminent invasion? Explain fully. (This may require some research).

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