Debt of Honor Test | Mid-Book 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. Why do the President and Ryan go to Moscow soon after Kimberly Norton's death?

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

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

4. What is the CIA operative Chet Nomuri's mission?

5. What is the current profession of the man Yamata contacts about the information about the Durling Administration?

Short Essay Questions

1. What information does Yamata want Seiji Nagumo to acquire from Chris Cook?

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

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

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

5. Why does Yamata think the information he gains about the Durling administration is incriminating?

6. What are Raizo Yamata's goals?

7. How does the Cresta accident in Tennessee occur?

8. How effective is the Japanese strike against the U.S. Navy? What are the results of this engagement for the Navy?

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

10. Why is Ryan considered for the position of National Security Advisor?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Negotiations between Japan and the U.S. take place for almost the entire duration of the conflict between these nations. The U.S. wishes to avoid war without compromising itself, and Japan for the most part seeks to gain time to further its own military goals.

Part 1) Summarize the negotiations that occur in the novel. Who are the participating nations, and what are their goals? What resolutions result from these negotiations?

Part 2) Discuss some of the overt techniques used in these negotiations, such as compromise, discussion, and threats.

Part 3) Explain some of the covert techniques used in these negotiations, such as spying, intelligence gathering, bribery, and blackmail.

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

Essay Topic 2

Technology features prominently in many of Clancy's near-future novels, and it plays in important role in many events in this novel.

Part 1) Explain some of the advanced technologies seen in the novel, including their function, purpose, and use.

Part 2) Describe ways in which these devices affect the story, and speculate as to how the story might be affected if these devices did not exist.

Part 3) Describe the use of advanced technologies in the armed conflict between the U.S. and Japan.

Provide support for your conclusions with quotes from the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Revenge is perhaps the most important theme in the novel. The principle antagonist is driven by an overwhelming need to exact revenge on the United States. Many other characters either resist or indulge in the temptation to take revenge on those who have wronged them.

1) Discuss Yamata's drive for revenge. How was this desire created and fostered, and how does it drive the story?

2) Explain examples of characters who either engage in revenge or resist the urge to do so. What drives these characters and why do they act as they do?

3) Discuss Sato's act of vengeance. What were his reasons and motivations? Was his act justified?

4) Assess the author's intent with regards to this theme. What is the author trying to say about revenge through the stories of these characters?

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

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