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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. Russia says that the explosion was caused by terrorists from which country?

2. What element of the Russian offensive does Pavel Alekeseyev say is crucial to its success?

3. Sergetov admits that he almost wishes that he had been present at the time of the attack. Why?

4. The Commander of the USS Pharris receives orders about how to deal with ships he encounters. What are those orders?

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. Why does the Russian Foreign Minister place so much emphasis on his proposal for arms reduction?

2. Describe the actions of Lieutenant Potter and his men after they rescue Edwards and his group from the mountain.

3. Why is McCafferty frustrated with his actions against the Russians?

4. What does Alekeseyev say when he is asked to analyze the pros and cons of using nuclear weapons in the war?

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

6. What is Chernyavin doing in Germany?

7. What does Sergetov's son say when his father questions him about the war?

8. How does Morris react when Calloway, an American reporter, sails with Morris's crew?

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

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

Essay 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

During the extensive military action that takes place in Red Storm Rising, numerous characters either sink enemy vessels, shoot down enemy air craft, or witness the destruction of enemy targets. Each character, though, reacts to their kill in different ways. Choose three of the following characters and compare and contrast their responses to destroying enemy targets. Be sure to address the characters' emotional responses, their mental state after their kills, and the long-term effect their kills have on them. Characters include:

1) McCafferty

2) O'Malley

3) Morris

4) Chernyavin

5) Robert Toland

Essay Topic 3

A predominant theme in Red Storm Rising is the feeling of shame, embarrassment, or humiliation. Numerous characters throughout the novel deal with those emotions, and each of them deals with their emotions in a different way. Choose three characters who experience shame, embarrassment, or humiliation, and compare and contrast their different responses to their circumstances.

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