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

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

3. What boat is Toland on when the Russians attack?

4. Toland is a reservist and serves his time with the commander of a ship. What is the commander's name?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Sergetov become enraged at the funeral of the victims of the Kremlin explosion?

4. Who is Robert Toland?

5. 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?

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

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

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

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

10. How are the Russians' missiles damaged?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the course of Red Storm Rising, the Russian government repeatedly attempts to make themselves appear more powerful than they really are. Examine how that tendency influences the war from the onset of the offensive to the conclusion of the conflict. Is Russia's determination to appear strong at all times accomplish anything positive for the country?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

A predominant theme in Red Storm Rising is the feeling of shame, embarrassment, or humiliation. Numerous characters throughout the novel deal with those emotions, and each of them deals with their emotions in a different way. Choose three characters who experience shame, embarrassment, or humiliation, and compare and contrast their different responses to their circumstances.

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