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. When the staff of the Mossad front in Chapter 15 leave overnight, what do they leave behind in addition to money?

2. Near the end of Chapter 15, what does the Mossad build in the desert?

3. In Chapter 12, what the katsas says he needs help from Magid with _________.

4. Whom does Black June target for assassination in London in Chapter 13?

5. How do the Israelis monitor Libyan activities in Chapter 16?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Mossad thwart Arafat's arms deal in Chapter 13?

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

3. How does Arafat react to the power struggles in the Palestinian community in Chapter 13?

4. Why is Yassar Arafat unpopular with fundamentalists?

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

6. What nefarious activity do the Mossad discover involving Magid and his brother in Chapter 12?

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

8. How are the Camp David negotiations described in Chapter 14?

9. How is Moukharbel killed in Chapter 10?

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

Throughout By Way of Deception, the author indicates that Mossad engages in operations throughout the globe with the intention of interfering in the affairs of sovereign states. Write an essay about three countries in which the Mossad operates. What value does this nation have in Israel's mind? Does the nation know the Mossad is there? What justification does Israel offer for its covert work in the country?

Part 1) Sudan

Part 2) United States

Part 3) Lebanon

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Although By Way of Deception seems to focus alternately on Mossad as a whole or Victor in particular, there are many colorful characters in it. Write an essay about three of the agents that appear in the novel. What memorable scenes occur with each of these agents? What does he think about the mission of Israel and his place within it? Looking at the three examples, is there a specific character type that seems drawn to and effective in the Mossad?

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