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. When Edward and Vigdis encounter an enemy helicopter, how do they avoid detection?

2. How does Morris communicate with the Russian prisoners from the sunken submarine?

3. An American soldier and Major Chapeyev are shot down in the same area, and Chapeyev attempts to take the American captive. What does the American ask the Chapeyev that dissuades him from doing so?

4. Before Morris sails from New York Harbor, he is joined by a reporter. What is the reporter's name?

5. During his interview with Calloway, O'Malley says that the Allied troops' ability to survive depends on what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Edwards berated after the incident at the farmhouse?

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

3. Why is Vigdis's pregnancy not unusual in Icelandic society?

4. Describe the after-effects of the Allies' defensive maneuver they call "Doolittle."

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

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

7. Why is McCafferty frustrated with his actions against the Russians?

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

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

10. How does O'Malley react after he sinks his first submarine?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The two opposing sides of the conflict in Red Storm Rising each have an overarching plan for victory. The Soviet government places a great deal of emphasis on the element of surprise, and the Allied forces focus extensively on cooperation and unity in the face of the Russian threat. Examine the two sides' different ideals and how each side believes their concept will help them win the war. Which side is most effective in keeping to their plan? How did each concept play into the end of the war?

Essay Topic 3

A recurring theme in Red Storm Rising is stress and its effects on different individuals. Examine the effects of stress on Morris, Edwards, Vigdis, and Alekseyev. Compare and contrast how each individual deals with their circumstances. Does one character in particular deal with stress better than the other three? Who seems to have the most effective means of dealing with their stress? Conclude your essay with an examination of how stress plays into the development of the war as a whole.

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