Debt of Honor Test | Final 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 do the bombers from Elmendorf Air Force Base destroy, besides the missile sites?

2. What resource do the Pentagon and the Defense Department come up with for the military effort against Japan?

3. Which group is the first to buy stock in the floundering Citibank?

4. How many missile sites do the bombers from Elmendorf Air Force Base destroy?

5. What is the name of the U.S. carrier undergoing rapid repairs to make it seaworthy quickly?

Short Essay Questions

1. As part of Ryan's plan, what naval assets are immediately dispatched against Japan and what is their mission?

2. What is the outcome of Ryan's plan for saving the U.S. and European economies?

3. Explain the arrangement suggested by both Nagumo and the Japanese ambassador.

4. How does Ryan hope to achieve surprise in launching the carrier Stennis?

5. What complications at home force Ryan to act quickly in forming a plan, and keep much of it secret?

6. How does the U.S. cause India to capitulate?

7. How are the Japanese air defenses destroyed?

8. What does Isamu Kimura agree to help the U.S. and the Russians with? How is he convinced of the rightness of his actions?

9. What is the tactical situation in the Indian Ocean just after the Japanese attacks?

10. How is Chris Cook's betrayal discovered?

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

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?

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.

(see the answer keys)

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