Red Storm Rising Test | Final 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. After Morris arrives in Boston, to what city is he sent?

2. What happens to the captain that Morris replaces on his new ship?

3. In chapters 27-34, the Americans attack the Russians at the air base using what new technology?

4. Edwards notes that Vigdis does not complain about having to move about in hostile territory. Why is this especially significant?

5. After the Americans attack the Keflavik air base, Edwards announces that he and his men will have to relocate to a third location. Why?

Short Essay Questions

1. What contributes to Edwards's decision to relocate his men a second time?

2. How does Morris respond when the Battleaxe asks, "What the Devil is a Ruben James?"

3. What prompts Sergetov to ask Georgiyevich if the war is a mistake?

4. Describe the interaction between the Russian and American pilots who end up near each other in the ocean after an air fight.

5. Describe Edwards's and his men's actions when they realize they have been spotted by Russian forces.

6. Why does Morris have to arrange for a tug boat to haul the Pharris back to shore?

7. When Alekeseyev and Sergetov discuss the offensive in Germany, do they decide that the war is going well, or that it is going poorly?

8. Give an example of a character who is concerned about Morris's ability to captain the Ruben James. Why is the character concerned?

9. Do the crews of the Ruben James and the Battleaxe get along?

10. What does O'Malley say is significant about the military's refusal to use the word "killing"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Major Chapeyev plays an interesting role in Red Storm Rising. Examine his interaction with the American pilot he shoots down over the Atlantic. Examine the development of Chapeyev's character during his experience with the downed American pilot. What is significant about how he and the other pilot treat each other? What does their interaction signify about the war as a whole? What do Chapeyev's actions reveal about him as a man?

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