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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. Where does First Lieutenant Mike Edwards stay to monitor the situation at the air base?

2. What does Sergetov tell the Politburo about the state of Russian affairs?

3. Sergetov admits that he almost wishes that he had been present at the time of the attack. Why?

4. What is the code name for the command to which Edwards reports?

5. At the funeral, Sergetov is enraged by the loss of life that resulted from the explosion. He is also angry because of what reason?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to the Nimitz, the ship Toland is aboard during a Russian attack?

2. What are some reasons that the destruction of the oil refinery in Nizhnevartovsk so significant to the Russians?

3. What does the Russian Navy do to make Patrick Flynn suspicious about the Russian arms reduction?

4. What are some clues Robert Toland finds that hint that Russia is preparing for an offensive?

5. Why does the Russian Foreign Minister place so much emphasis on his proposal for arms reduction?

6. An AP news correspondent in Moscow does not reveal the true cause of the oil refinery fire. What does he say happened, and how does he report the fire was extinguished?

7. What is the Julius Fucik, and how does it fit into Russia's secretive plans for war?

8. How are the Russians' missiles damaged?

9. Who escapes the air base after the Russians take over?

10. Why does one of Chernyavin's men blow up the van they traveled in?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When the term "Red Storm" is introduced, it is described as a "plan for a mechanized attack into West Germany and the Low Countries." The offensive is supposed to last no more than a few weeks and is to rely heavily on the element of surprise. Does the initial plan for Red Storm seem reasonable? Develop an argument either supporting Red Storm as it is originally introduced, or against it. If you argue for Red Storm, explain why that plan is the best possible plan. If you argue against it, provide an alternate plan for attack.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the course of Red Storm Rising, the Russian government repeatedly attempts to make themselves appear more powerful than they really are. Examine how that tendency influences the war from the onset of the offensive to the conclusion of the conflict. Is Russia's determination to appear strong at all times accomplish anything positive for the country?

Essay Topic 3

Vigdis is a major character in Red Storm Rising, and her pregnancy lends an interesting dimension to the book. Explain why Vigdis's pregnancy is so significant. What is its symbolism? What does her pregnancy indicate about the nature of life, and the nature of war? How does Vigdis's pregnancy affect her and those around her?

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