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. What is the Russian Politburo?

2. While the Russians prepare for their offensive, four generals are court-martialed and shot. What are they accused of?

3. After the Russians have gained control of the air base, what is their one significant problem?

4. What is the name of the ship Toland's commanding officer is in charge of?

5. What is Toland's first order of business once he reaches safety?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Chernyavin fail in his mission?

2. Are the men who are stationed at Keflavik, Iceland, happy with their post?

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

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

5. What is "Red Storm?"

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

7. What are some obstacles Edwards and his men face once they escape the air base?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Russia's history during World War II plays an important role in the development of Red Storm. Briefly explain Russia's past conflict with Germany, then trace the significance of that history throughout the book's plot. How does the Russian government manipulate the country's past enmity with Germany to serve its own purpose?

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