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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. The Russian KGB takes what political body hostage?

2. Once the men have rejoined Chernyavin, they blow up the van they were in. How?

3. What does Edwards warn command about the relocation to a safer place?

4. How long is the Russian military offensive supposed to last?

5. Toland believes that the incident in Russia was faked. What reason would Russia have to fake something of this magnitude?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Chernyavin fail in his mission?

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

3. What happens to the Nimitz, the ship Toland is aboard during a Russian attack?

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

5. What are some obstacles Edwards and his men face once they escape the air base?

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

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

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

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

10. Why does the Politburo decide to go to war for oil?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

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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