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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

Several women play important roles in the development of Red Storm Rising. Women like Toland's wife, Vigdis, and Amy Nakamura are as vital to the plot's development as their male counterparts. Examine women's role in Red Storm Rising and their significance in the story. How are the women similar to their male counterparts? How are they different? How does each woman interact with those around her? What does each woman reveal about the men around them?

Essay Topic 2

When the term "Red Storm" is introduced, it is described as a "plan for a mechanized attack into West Germany and the Low Countries." The offensive is supposed to last no more than a few weeks and is to rely heavily on the element of surprise. Does the initial plan for Red Storm seem reasonable? Develop an argument either supporting Red Storm as it is originally introduced, or against it. If you argue for Red Storm, explain why that plan is the best possible plan. If you argue against it, provide an alternate plan for attack.

Essay Topic 3

Red Storm Rising was published in the midst of the Cold War. How did the Cold War influence the plot of the novel? What parallels exist between events in the book and events during the Cold War? What differences are there? How do the sentiments of American characters toward Russia reflect American sentiment toward Russia during the Cold War? Be specific.

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