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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 Ryan and the U.S. President are going to Moscow, what is being done with the nuclear warheads that Yamata possesses?

2. What event causes the U.S. administration to plan a trip to Moscow to celebrate?

3. Why is the FBI trying to locate Kimberly Norton?

4. When Ryan visits Russia, the mood is best described in which way?

5. In a conversation with Ryan, Murray confirms what rumor about Japan?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the international economic impact of the Trade Reform Act?

2. How does the Trade Reform Act negatively impact Japan's economy?

3. Describe the war games held between the U.S. and Japan.

4. What is Yamata's plan with regard to his dealings with Russia?

5. What is the state of Yamata's nuclear preparations when Ryan and the U.S. President go to Moscow?

6. What does Yamata do with Goto's American mistress?

7. How does Yamata act on the information he gains about the Durling administration?

8. How does Chavez get his news of the invasion of Saipan to the U.S. Navy?

9. Describe the first Japanese occupations and landings in the Pacific.

10. What are Raizo Yamata's goals?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ryan and Durling use a range of methods, some more morally acceptable than others, to manipulate the U.S. press. They see these actions as being necessary to see a successful resolution to the conflict with the Japanese. However, both the freedom of the press and the right of the people to know the truth are core values in America.

Part 1) Explain how and why the press is manipulated in the novel.

Part 2) Discuss some of the problems, practical and moral, associated with the manipulation of the press.

Part 3) Discuss the results of Ryan and Durling's manipulations.

Part 4) Assess whether the decision to manipulate the pass was a good one, and whether is was morally justifiable.

Provide support for your discussion with quotes and examples from the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Although they have been long-standing enemies, the Russians cooperate with the U.S. in this novel, working together to disarm their nuclear weapons, and then helping the Americans by uncovering vital intelligence about the Japanese.

Part 1) Summarize the historical tensions between Russia and the U.S.

Part 2) Describe the motivation for the cooperation between Russia and the U.S. on the disarmament project. How successful is this arrangement?

Part 3) Explain how and why the Russians aid the Americans during the conflict with the Japanese. What vital information do the Russians provide? How would the story have unfolded differently if not for Russian intervention?

Use examples and quotes from the book to support your conclusions.

Essay Topic 3

Yamata's initial plan revolves around surprise and deception. He launches a series of surprise attacks against America intended to make it impossible for them to strike back. Ryan's plan involves elements of surprise. Although this method of warfare is as old as war itself, there remain significant moral issues with regards to its use, and the leaders in the novel demonstrate how it can be used effectively and responsibly, or with disregard and in morally deplorable way.

Part 1) Discuss the sneak attacks that Yamata employs to attack America. What are the targets of these attacks? Are civilians targeted in addition to the military?

Part 2) Explain the sneak attack methods used by the U.S. Why are these attacks carried out? What are their targets?

Part 3) Discuss the moral nature of the sneak attacks used by both sides. Are any or all of these actions morally acceptable in warfare?

Provide support for your conclusions with quotes from the novel.

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