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. The war games principally involve what type of forces?

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

3. What does Ron Jones use to determine that the Japanese strike must have been intentional?

4. How does the NTSB determine the cause of the Cresta accidents?

5. Yamata's Columbus Group leads the new trend in buying what?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Yamata react to the passing of the Trade Reform Act, and how successful is his plan?

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

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

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

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

6. Soon after the passing of the Trade Reform Bill, what is the state of the nuclear disarmament between the U.S. and Russia?

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

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

9. Explain Golovko's offer to Ryan.

10. Why is Cook cautious about accepting Nagumo's offer, and why does he agree to do so?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Many characters in this novel are driven by a strong sense of duty towards their profession of their nation. These motivations are usually helpful, but cause problems for a few characters, and certainly cause many to expose themselves to more risk than they otherwise might.

Part 1) Explain Jack Ryan's sense of duty to his country. What responsibilities and risks does Ryan take in service to his country? Describe the personalities and behaviors of some other characters with similar senses of duty.

Part 2) Discuss the behaviors of characters who lack a real sense of duty. What ultimately happens to these characters? Do they generally occupy positions of great responsibility? What conclusions can be drawn from the differences between these people and characters more similar to Jack Ryan?

Part 3) Explain how Yamata's sense of duty affects his decisions. In the end, is Yamata true to his duty? How and why does this character trait negatively affect Yamata?

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