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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 element of the Russian offensive does Pavel Alekeseyev say is crucial to its success?
2. What is the supposed occupation of the "terrorist"?
3. Once the men have rejoined Chernyavin, they blow up the van they were in. How?
4. What is the name of the man who escapes the Keflavik air base and uses a radio to spread news of the attack?
5. What two areas do the Russians plan to attack during Red Storm?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Chernyavin fail in his mission?
2. What is the Julius Fucik, and how does it fit into Russia's secretive plans for war?
3. Who escapes the air base after the Russians take over?
4. Who is Robert Toland?
5. Why does the Russian Foreign Minister place so much emphasis on his proposal for arms reduction?
6. What are some reasons that the destruction of the oil refinery in Nizhnevartovsk so significant to the Russians?
7. What is suspicious about the confession of the alleged terrorist who claims responsibility for the attack on the Kremlin?
8. 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?
9. What does Toland notice about the eulogy for the victims of the explosion at the Kremlin?
10. Why does Sergetov become enraged at the funeral of the victims of the Kremlin explosion?
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
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
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.
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