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 McCafferty fires upon the Russian convoy, he saves a submarine crew from which country?

2. Five Russian soldiers die in the family's farmhouse. How are they killed?

3. On the Pharris, Morris realizes that the loss of the Keflavik air base is more significant than he once anticipated. Why?

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

5. Why does O'Malley, a member of Morris' crew, offer the credit for the submarine kill to the other ship?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. How does Morris react when Calloway, an American reporter, sails with Morris's crew?

10. Explain how all reports given to the Politburo are divided and organized.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The concept of pride and honor is important to many different characters in Red Storm Rising. Choose three individuals who value the concepts of honor and pride. Consider how those concepts influence the characters' actions. Compare and contrast the three individuals' concepts of pride and honor. Does each individual have the same concept of honor? How does each individuals' commitment to behaving with honor influence their actions in the book?

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

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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