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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. Before the attack on the Keflavik air base, a Russian ship is secretly carrying Russian infantrymen. What is the name of that ship?

2. What is the code name for the command to which Edwards reports?

3. What is the full name of the adviser to the Russian government, who specializes in energy production?

4. After Edwards loses his confidence in himself, he defers all decisions to what man?

5. What was the message of the movie that was televised the night before the attack on the Kremlin?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is Chernyavin doing in Germany?

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

6. How are the Russians' missiles damaged?

7. What happens to Chernyavin's men after Chernyavin is detained and questioned?

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 the Russian Navy do to make Patrick Flynn suspicious about the Russian arms reduction?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Journalists play an important role in the development of Red Storm Rising's plot. Explore the contributions to the plot made by each of the following journalists, and compare and contrast the role each journalist plays in the book's plot:

1) Patrick Flynn

2) William Calloway

3) Williams Blake

4) The AP Moscow Correspondent

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Red Storm Rising was published in the midst of the Cold War. It includes many elements of Cold War politics, technological advances, and plays on many emotions and fears commonly held by people during the Cold War era. For a novel that is so time-specific, is Red Storm Rising still culturally significant today?

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