Red Storm Rising 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. Toland is a reservist and serves his time with the commander of a ship. What is the commander's name?

2. Why is it unsafe for Edwards to stay at his surveillance location?

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

4. What does the Politburo decide after Sergetov's report?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How are the Russians' missiles damaged?

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

5. What happens to Robert Toland after he alerts military officials to the situation in Russia?

6. Why does Chernyavin fail in his mission?

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

8. What does Toland notice about the eulogy for the victims of the explosion at the Kremlin?

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

10. Why does the captain of the Julius Fucik ground the ship after the attack on the Icelandic air base?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The importance of technology is a recurring theme throughout Red Storm Rising. Examine the importance of technology in each military's battle plans. Do advances in technology give a leading edge to one army or the other? Are there any battle plans that do not rely heavily on technology? Which plans rely most on technology? How would the outcome of the war be affected if technology were not so prevalent in the Allied forces' plans?

Essay Topic 2

Red Storm Rising was published in the midst of the Cold War. How did the Cold War influence the plot of the novel? What parallels exist between events in the book and events during the Cold War? What differences are there? How do the sentiments of American characters toward Russia reflect American sentiment toward Russia during the Cold War? Be specific.

Essay Topic 3

Red Storm Rising was published in the midst of the Cold War. It includes many elements of Cold War politics, technological advances, and plays on many emotions and fears commonly held by people during the Cold War era. For a novel that is so time-specific, is Red Storm Rising still culturally significant today?

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