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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. After the Russians have gained control of the air base, what is their one significant problem?

2. What is Toland's response to the news of the generals' executions, and how do his superiors react?

3. What is the full name of the author of the article about the importance of the Russian oil fields?

4. What is Toland's first order of business once he reaches safety?

5. Why is this mission to take out the bridges so important in the war against the Soviets?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Who is Robert Toland?

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

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

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

9. What are some reasons that the destruction of the oil refinery in Nizhnevartovsk so significant to the Russians?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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?

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