By Way of Deception Test | Final 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 does Jadid provide information to a katsas in Chapter 12?

2. What does Al do immediately after Young's resignation in Chapter 14?

3. When does the Mossad front open in Chapter 15?

4. Who spearheads the rescue operation in Sudan?

5. In the 1975 intelligence meeting, what type of research is placed as a high priority?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Contreras connect with Mossad in Chapter 11?

2. How does the Mossad find its contact in Chapter 16?

3. Why does attaining an Exocet missile head prove difficult for Mossad in Chapter 11?

4. How does Mossad take down the United States ambassador to the UN in Chapter 14?

5. Why is Yassar Arafat unpopular with fundamentalists?

6. How does the Mossad make initial contact with Magid?

7. What arrangement do Denmark and Israel have in the mid-1970's?

8. How does the Libyan agent help Mossad, and how does his agency end?

9. What actions does Mossad take in Chapter 13 to undermine Arafat?

10. How does the Mossad rescue Ethiopian Jews in Chapter 15?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Mossad is a clandestine agency, and as such its operations are intended to be carried out without international knowledge. Write a three part essay about operations described in the book that are contingent upon no one knowing who is involved.

Part 1) Discuss the operations undertaken by the segment of Mossad known as Al. What country does Al operate out of, and why does it not know of Mossad's involvement? How does Al remain covert? Discuss how Al affects its host country's foreign policy. What change does it enact in the government?

Part 2) Why does the Mossad create a resort in the Sudan? Analyze how Israel deceives two nations in this operation. What is its primary objective, and how does the resort assist in accomplishing this? Discuss what occurs that forces the termination of this operation.

Part 3) Analyze how Israel interferes in the political world of the PLO under Arafat. How does Arafat's position in the Palestinian community make him easy to infiltrate? What opening does the Mossad use to approach him? How do they thwart his interests in doing so?

Essay Topic 2

The plot of By Way of Deception is deeply entrenched in the world of the 1970's and 1980's. Israel, in the wake of the 1967 War. Write an essay about the international community during the novel. How is Islamism and Palestinian nationalism on the rise? What is the role of international terrorism? Is America's role in this political climate similar or different from the way it is today? Discuss how Mossad's role is created by the era.

Essay Topic 3

At the end of the book, Victor Ostrovsky describes his reasoning for revealing the secrets of Mossad: he believes the agency has led to moral decay in Israel. Write an essay about Ostrovsky's thesis regarding moral decay. What policies does Mossad back that run contrary to the nation's values? What tactics does Ostrovsky claim are morally corrosive? Do you believe this argument? Why or why not? Discuss whether the author's participation in Mossad precludes his moral authority.

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