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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. Flynn and Calloway cover a speech by the Russian Foreign Minister. What does the Minister speak about?

2. What does Sergetov note about the Politburo's decision to go to war for oil?

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

4. The Russians who control the air base are attacked by American planes. What do the American planes fail to destroy?

5. What is the name of the man who escapes the Keflavik air base and uses a radio to spread news of the attack?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Chernyavin fail in his mission?

4. What is suspicious about the confession of the alleged terrorist who claims responsibility for the attack on the Kremlin?

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

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

7. What does Toland suspect about the explosion in the Kremlin?

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

9. What is "Red Storm?"

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

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

Throughout Red Storm Rising, Tom Clancy uses vivid imagery to create verbal pictures of the events in the book.

Part One) Examine the significance of imagery in establishing the reader's emotions toward the two opposing forces in the book.

Part Two) Analyze the role imagery plays in descriptions of different battles in the book.

Part Three) Present and support an argument about the use of imagery to indicate a bias in Red Storm Rising. Does Tom Clancy bias his readers toward one side or the other? How? If not, how does he present both sides equally?

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