Patriot Games 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. To what type of drug was Ryan formerly addicted?

2. One of the buildings in the terrorist camp has a schedule regarding the movements of American:

3. What is the name of the person that runs the store?

4. What causes a loud explosion as Ryan nears his destination?

5. How many students are in Ryan's class?

Short Essay Questions

1. Owens still believes that the information on Miller came from the inside. Discuss Owens' theory and findings on the matter. What does Owens plan to do?

2. What misconception does Ryan have about the attack? Why is there a sense of disbelief when Ryan hears the real story?

3. What is Miller's issue about working with Alex on the plan to get revenge on Ryan?

4. The reader is introduced to Dennis Cooley, a bookstore owner. Discuss Cooley and why he is an important part of the story.

5. What is Ryan thinking about as he is making his way to the Mall?

6. What is part of the preparation Ryan must take to protect himself and the family? Who is on board to help with the preparation? What is Ryan told to do?

7. Owens and Ashley look into Watkins' military history. What is learned about Watkins and what may have turned him against the crown?

8. What is the reaction of the students in Ryan's lecture hall on his first day back at the Naval Academy?

9. What unexpected event happens at Cooley's bookshop? What is learned when the area is surveyed afterward?

10. What technique does Ryan use to take out the first gunman? What does Ryan do to disable the man?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There is a great deal of political intrigue involved in the book. This is a common theme for Tom Clancy. Write about Clancy's work. What other books involve Jack Ryan and/or similar themes to the ones presented in "Patriot Games?" Why do you think Clancy is so fascinated with terrorists and international intrigue? What is Clancy's background? How many books has Clancy written? Have you ever read any of Clancy's other books?

Essay Topic 2

Jack and Cathy Ryan are on vacation when gunfire erupts on the Mall in front of Buckingham Palace. Discuss the scene in detail. What was your first reaction to the event in the story? What did the incident involve? Why did Ryan get involved? Why did Ryan have a gun? Do you think Ryan did the right thing? Explain the dynamic between Ryan and the gunmen. Who do you think Ryan was trying to protect? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

The Prince and Princess of Wales, the Queen of England and the Duke of Edinburgh are all important characters in the book. Explain why Clancy never uses their names. Do you think the prince and princess are Charles and Diana? Do you think the Queen is Elizabeth II? Do you think the Duke of Edinburgh is Prince Phillip? If not, who might they be? Why does Clancy avoid using their names? Do you think Clancy did not want to name them directly for personal reasons? Do you think that Clancy chose not to name them so the references would not date the book? Explain.

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