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. What does the program that Chuck Searls developed do?

2. Why does Cook agree to sell information to Nagumo?

3. Why is Cook able to acquire the information that Yamata is seeking?

4. After his meeting with Searls in New York, where does Yamata travel to in order to meet with political and military leaders?

5. What does Golovko want in exchange for his help?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does the Cresta accident in Tennessee occur?

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

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

8. What kind of software is Yamata developing in America?

9. What is the general state of the world in terms of security when Ryan is made National Security Advisor?

10. Why is the Trade Reform Act passed? What does it do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jack Ryan is the protagonist of the novel. He is forced to respond to a range of critical international situations, and he has the most impact on the events of the novel.

Part 1) Describe Jack Ryan as a character. Explain his background and why he is selected to be the new National Security Advisor.

Part 2) Use evidence from the book to summarize and explain some of Ryan's positive characteristics that help him perform this new role. Overall, how good is he at this job?

Part 3) Explain Ryan's principles. What does he base his morality on, and how does he make difficult decisions? Describe some ways that Ryan's beliefs and principles shape events in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

In the novel, multiple characters commit acts of treason, or contemplate whether what they are doing could be construed as treason. These decisions are difficult for some to make, they are trivially easy for others. Some characters are not even aware that they are committing treason, and have complex beliefs that prevent them from seeing this.

Part 1) Describe the progression of one character who intentionally commits treason. Explain why and how they do this and how they rationalize this action.

Part 2) Give one example of a character resisting the invitation to commit treason, or giving careful contemplation to whether their acts are treasonous. Explain the issues at hand and why this character thinks as they do. Explain why this character resists committing treason, where others do not give it the same level of consideration.

Part 3) Find and analyze one example of a character whose actions could be construed as treason, but which are not specifically named as being such.

Part 4) Discuss the overall impact of treasonous events in the novel. Explain how these betrayals provide advantages in the intelligence wars between the U.S. and Japan.

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

Essay Topic 3

At least once in the course of the novel, each side in the U.S. - Japanese conflict attempts to use blackmail to its advantage. These efforts have interesting and varied effects, and it is clear that some people and groups are better at manipulating others in this way.

Part 1) Describe the major cases in the novel when blackmail is used, or its use is planned. What information is used, and how is the target assessed and informed of the situation?

Part 2) Summarize the effectiveness of these blackmail attempts. Speculate about why are some attempts more successful than others.

Part 3) Make and support and assessment whether or not the use of blackmail is acceptable as a part of warfare. Discuss specific uses of blackmail from the book.

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

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