By Way of Deception Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Victor Ostrovsky
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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. How long are the cadets trained before becoming katsas?

2. The Mossad think Oswald was ___________.

3. What is Israel's interest in the Saudis in Chapter 6?

4. What information does Ostrovsky try to pass on in Chapter 8 during his botched assignment?

5. What are Arab collaborators called?

Short Essay Questions

1. What communications information do the cadets learn in Chapter 7?

2. Describe the Danish operation in Chapter 6.

3. What does Ostrovsky learn about Sri Lanka while facilitating companies in Chapter 6?

4. What does Ostrovsky learn about foreign surveillance in Chapter 3?

5. Who is Akbar?

6. When does Halim begin doing work for Donovan in the Prologue?

7. What communication training do cadets undergo in Chapter 2?

8. What is the Komemiute?

9. How does Mossad eventually avert the assassination of Golda Meir in Chapter 9?

10. Describe the web of recruits related in Chapter 4.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In By Way of Deception, Victor Ostrovsky often shows the connection between the actions of Mossad and famous historical event: the bombing of the American hotel in Beirut or the 1972 Olympics for example. Write an essay about one such occurrence. How does Mossad activity impact the international climate lead toward or away from the event? What is the connection between Israeli policy and this event? Does Ostrovsky reveal a hidden component to this event?

Essay Topic 2

Over the course of Ostrovsky's novel, the author makes clear that Mossad relies on recruits who may or may not know they are helping Israel. These recruits are often put into grave danger and sometime die or disappear. Write an essay about three instances of Mossad recruits being endangered.

Part 1) Analyze the use of prostitutes in the Iraq operation described in the Prologue. Why are prostitutes employed? What information do they help elicit from Halim? Discuss why a prostitute is killed at the end of the operation. What did her death serve to accomplish?

Part 2) Discuss the recruitment of Magid and Jadid in Chapter 12. What information do these men have, and what is its value to Mossad? Explore whether the brothers know who they are helping. What danger do they face? How is Jadid compensated for the danger he faces?

Part 3) Explore the Libyan agent who is recruited in Chapter 17. What information does this agent provide the Mossad? What operations does it aid, and how do Israeli agents attempt to protect him? What is the Libyan agent's ultimate fate?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about the nation of Israel as a promise. What was Israel before it was founded after the Second World War? What was the root of Zionism in the twentieth century? Discuss how a homeland remained a dream for the Jews since the Diaspora and how Israel maintains citizenship laws that maintain the promise of a Jewish homeland. How do Mossad's missions to rescue Jews outside of Israel speak to the honesty of this promise?

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