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. What were the British warships forming a trap for?

2. What did Hitler use to make decisions?

3. Why did the papers not arrive?

4. What operation succeeded in deceiving the enemy?

5. What did Hoover not find credible?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What did J. Edgar Hoover get angry and how does Stevenson try to appease the man?

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

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

6. Who did Bohr send out of Denmark with his notes and what happened?

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

8. What did the Russians want of the allies and what are the Russians considering?

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

10. Discuss operation TORCH.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Plans for the assassination of Heydrich began in August 1941, even through they didn't carry out the plot until after Pearl Harbor. As Heydrich lay in a hospital dying, the Germans began a series of retributions by killing one hundred Czechs every evening. More killings followed as houses were searched. The people were killed in the village where the assassins had landed. The village of Lidice was burned to the ground. Discuss the following:

1. Is the act of assassination honorable? Justifiable? Should governments such as the United States condone and assist in assassinations? What about the idea of a fair trial? Does an assassination take that idea into account? Should it?

2. Do you think the BSC and OSS would have carried out the assassination of Heydrich had they known of the probable consequences? Why or why not? Was the assassination of one man worth the death of hundreds more?

3. Thoroughly discuss Henrich Heydrich and his role in the Nazi war machine and atrocities carried out by the Nazis.

Essay Topic 2

TRICYCLE delivered information of a planned Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor, using the tactics the British had used at Taranto. J. Edgar Hoover did not find TRICYCLE to be credible and he was moved to Camp X. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one man (in this case, J. Edgar Hoover) should have the power to decide on his own to not take action that could result in grave consequences?

2. Hoover is often presently as an adversary in A Man Called Intrepid: The Secret War. Thoroughly trace and analyze the information given about Hoover in A Man Called Intrepid: The Secret War. Do you think the information is biased? Why or why not? How would you rate Hoover's professional performance based upon what you have learned in A Man Called Intrepid: The Secret War. Use examples to back up your statements.

3. Compare/contrast J. Edgar Hoover to William Stevenson. 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? How do they compare on their views of the need for and use of intelligence gathering activities?

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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