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 McCafferty arrives in Scotland, what does he discover about his skirmish with the Russian convoy?

2. What new job is Morris given once he is back in the States?

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

4. The men that escape the sunken submarine are captured and taken on board the Pharris. How are they treated?

5. In Iceland, Edwards and his men near the hill Doghouse told them to reach but are unable to approach it. Why?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do Edwards and his men attack and kill five Russian soldiers at a local farmhouse?

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

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

4. Why does Morris treat the captured Russian sailors so well?

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

6. What honors does Morris receive once he reaches Norfolk?

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

8. What response does Edwards provide when warned about how "tough" the 200-mile hike to Hvammsfjordur will be?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The importance of oil in Red Storm Rising can not be understated. Trace the importance of oil throughout the plot of the book. How does oil, or the lack of it, contribute to the onset, perpetuation, and end of the war? Be sure to include examples from the beginning, middle, and end of the novel.

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

Russia's history during World War II plays an important role in the development of Red Storm. Briefly explain Russia's past conflict with Germany, then trace the significance of that history throughout the book's plot. How does the Russian government manipulate the country's past enmity with Germany to serve its own purpose?

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