Red Storm Rising Test | 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. As Chernyavin's men are traveling, they find themselves face-to-face with a tank. They then hear Chernyavin's voice telling them to surrender themselves. Why does this surprise them?

2. Chernyavin picks up a package at a post office. What does it contain?

3. Russia does something to indicate that they are reducing their nuclear arms. What do they do?

4. Who discovers the refinery fire?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Robert Toland?

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

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

4. What is suspicious about the confession of the alleged terrorist who claims responsibility for the attack on the Kremlin?

5. Who escapes the air base after the Russians take over?

6. Why does Chernyavin fail in his mission?

7. How are the Russians' missiles damaged?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the structure and political maneuvering of the Russian government through Red Storm Rising's plot. After establishing the style, structure, and function of the Russian government, analyze how those elements influence the outcome of the Red Storm offensive. If the country's government was structured differently, would the outcome of the war have been the same? Be sure to support each point with a specific example from the novel.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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