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 is the CIA operative Chet Nomuri's mission?

2. What is the reaction of the zaibatsu to the Trade Reform Act?

3. What crime is Vice President Ed Kealty accused of committing?

4. According to the Japanese police, what is Kimberly Norton's cause of death?

5. What is the state of the Middle-East when the novel begins?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Explain Golovko's offer to Ryan.

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

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

6. What is Ryan's first operation in his new position? How successful is it?

7. What is Jack Ryan's background, and what is his life like when the novel begins?

8. What causes the economic collapse in the U.S.?

9. How does Yamata's financial tracking program affect the U.S. economic collapse?

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

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

Just before the Japanese strike on the U.S. fleet and Pacific islands, the U.S. and Russia jointly celebrate the destruction of their last nuclear weapons. Nuclear disarmament is complete between these two superpowers who vied for decades and came close to initiating suicidal nuclear war. This is a goal that many politicians, statesmen, and diplomats dreamed of throughout the cold war. In the novel, it's implications are crucial.

Part 1) Explain how the joint disarmament occurs and why the U.S. and Russia agree to work together on this issue.

Part 2) Describe the reaction in these two countries and throughout the world when the last missiles are destroyed. Is this reaction reasonable and believable?

Part 3) Explain the strategic consequences of the disarmament.

Part 4) Speculate whether the disarmament seen in the novel could really occur between the U.S. and Russia. Explain how these events, or events nearly like them, could occur.

Essay Topic 3

Justice is eventually served to many of the characters who perpetrate wrongs throughout the novel. Since moral issues and principles feature prominently in the book, it is important that these people face their fates.

Part 1) Discuss justice as a theme in this novel. What role does it play in the overall narrative?

Part 2) Describe how justice is brought against important wrongdoers in the novel.

Part 3) Explain how some characters attempt to evade justice.

Part 4) Discuss examples of characters who perpetrate wrong, but who do not face justice for their crimes.

Part 5) Discuss how well justice is served by the end of the novel.

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

(see the answer keys)

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