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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 does Edwards warn command about the relocation to a safer place?

2. Before the attack on the Keflavik air base, a Russian ship is secretly carrying Russian infantrymen. What is the name of that ship?

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

4. What happens that leads to Chernyavin's discovery and arrest?

5. Four hovercraft are about to land on Iceland's coast. Why weren't they noticed by the Navy sooner?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is "Red Storm?"

3. Why does Chernyavin fail in his mission?

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. Who is Robert Toland?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

A recurring theme in Red Storm Rising is stress and its effects on different individuals. Examine the effects of stress on Morris, Edwards, Vigdis, and Alekseyev. Compare and contrast how each individual deals with their circumstances. Does one character in particular deal with stress better than the other three? Who seems to have the most effective means of dealing with their stress? Conclude your essay with an examination of how stress plays into the development of the war as a whole.

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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