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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 the Politburo decide after Sergetov's report?

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

3. What are Edwards and his men told to do if they find themselves in danger?

4. Highly-trained Russian forces begin fighting on the ground in Germany. What is the special title of those forces?

5. The U.S. fires on the Julius Fucik, but are unable to sink the boat. What does the captain of the ship do?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is Robert Toland?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The two opposing sides of the conflict in Red Storm Rising each have an overarching plan for victory. The Soviet government places a great deal of emphasis on the element of surprise, and the Allied forces focus extensively on cooperation and unity in the face of the Russian threat. Examine the two sides' different ideals and how each side believes their concept will help them win the war. Which side is most effective in keeping to their plan? How did each concept play into the end of the war?

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