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. What does Georgiyevich say his replacement told the Politburo when the war was discussed with the Politburo?

2. Who is the Russian Central Committee member who explains to Sergetov how the Politburo organizes reports?

3. Before O'Malley sank the submarine, what role did he play as a helicopter pilot?

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

5. What was Edward's girlfriend's name?

Short Essay Questions

1. After the Pharris sinks a Russian submarine, how does Morris treat the Russian sailors he captures?

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

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

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

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 does Sergetov's son say when his father questions him about the war?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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