Red Storm Rising Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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

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?

Alekseyev and the elder Sergetov are vital to the Russian offensive. While both men are equally important to Russia in the novel, their characters are extremely different. Compare and contrast the personalities of both Alekseyev and Sergetov. Include various aspects of their personality, their individual style of leadership, their views of Russia, and their sentiments about the war.

The importance of technology is a recurring theme throughout Red Storm Rising. Examine the importance of technology in each military's battle plans. Do advances in technology give a leading edge to one army or the other? Are there any battle plans that do not rely heavily on technology? Which plans rely most on technology? How would the outcome of the war be affected if technology were not so prevalent in the Allied forces' plans?

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