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. What happens that leads to Chernyavin's discovery and arrest?

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

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

4. Why does Chernyavin praise the man who blew up the van?

5. How does Flynn react to the Russian's show of reducing their arms?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is "Red Storm?"

3. How are the Russians' missiles damaged?

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

5. Describe the actions Edwards and his men take immediately after the attack on the Icelandic air base.

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

7. What does the Russian Navy do to make Patrick Flynn suspicious about the Russian arms reduction?

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Vigdis is a major character in Red Storm Rising, and her pregnancy lends an interesting dimension to the book. Explain why Vigdis's pregnancy is so significant. What is its symbolism? What does her pregnancy indicate about the nature of life, and the nature of war? How does Vigdis's pregnancy affect her and those around her?

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