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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 to the Pharris in chapter 27?
2. What honor does Morris receive once he is back on American soil?
3. On the Pharris, Morris realizes that the loss of the Keflavik air base is more significant than he once anticipated. Why?
4. What happens to the farmhouse after Edwards and his men dispose of the Russian bodies?
5. While Edwards is communicating with command about an attack on the Keflavik airfield, two important areas of the base are destroyed. What are they?
Short Essay Questions
1. What prompts Sergetov to ask Georgiyevich if the war is a mistake?
2. Why is Vigdis's pregnancy not unusual in Icelandic society?
3. How does Morris react when Calloway, an American reporter, sails with Morris's crew?
4. What contributes to Edwards's decision to relocate his men a second time?
5. Why is McCafferty frustrated with his actions against the Russians?
6. What response does Edwards provide when warned about how "tough" the 200-mile hike to Hvammsfjordur will be?
7. Describe the interaction between the Russian and American pilots who end up near each other in the ocean after an air fight.
8. What honors does Morris receive once he reaches Norfolk?
9. Describe the after-effects of the Allies' defensive maneuver they call "Doolittle."
10. Why does Morris treat the captured Russian sailors so well?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 3
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.
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