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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. Why does the captain of the Julius Fucik decide to take that course of action?

2. What is the code name of Russia's military offensive?

3. Toland reveals what he knows to a high-ranking military official. What is that man's full name?

4. As he listens to the eulogy for the Russian victims, what does Toland notice about the speech?

5. Why is this mission to take out the bridges so important in the war against the Soviets?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Chernyavin doing in Germany?

2. What happens to Chernyavin's men after Chernyavin is detained and questioned?

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

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

5. Is Edwards suited to the stress of his situation?

6. What are the effects of the execution of four generals in the Russian army?

7. Why does Sergetov become enraged at the funeral of the victims of the Kremlin explosion?

8. Describe the actions Edwards and his men take immediately after the attack on the Icelandic air base.

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

10. What does the captain of the Julius Fucik do when the ship is discovered by the U.S. Navy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The importance of oil in Red Storm Rising can not be understated. Trace the importance of oil throughout the plot of the book. How does oil, or the lack of it, contribute to the onset, perpetuation, and end of the war? Be sure to include examples from the beginning, middle, and end of the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Near the end of the offensive in Red Storm Rising, Alekseyev feels very strongly that nuclear weapons should not be used in the conflict lest it spark a deadly nuclear exchange with Allied countries. Examine Alekseyev's thought process as he arrives at that conclusion. What is the significance of Alekseyev's reluctance to use nuclear weapons? How does the inclusion of Alekseyev's opposition to using nuclear weapons fit into the Cold War era in which Red Storm Rising was published?

Essay Topic 3

Journalists play an important role in the development of Red Storm Rising's plot. Explore the contributions to the plot made by each of the following journalists, and compare and contrast the role each journalist plays in the book's plot:

1) Patrick Flynn

2) William Calloway

3) Williams Blake

4) The AP Moscow Correspondent

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