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. Morris did not receive much warning that the journalist was to join his ship, but he determines that the journalist is professional. Why?

2. After the Americans attack the Keflavik air base, Edwards announces that he and his men will have to relocate to a third location. Why?

3. When the Russians discover the soldiers Edwards's group killed at the farmhouse, what do they decide to do?

4. How does O'Malley try to help Morris deal with the deaths of the men on the Pharris?

5. In Chapters 35-39, McCafferty scores a hit by sinking which vessel?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What happens to the helicopter Alekeseyev and Sergetov are on in Germany, and what do the men do afterward?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A predominant theme in Red Storm Rising is the feeling of shame, embarrassment, or humiliation. Numerous characters throughout the novel deal with those emotions, and each of them deals with their emotions in a different way. Choose three characters who experience shame, embarrassment, or humiliation, and compare and contrast their different responses to their circumstances.

Essay Topic 2

Vigdis is a major character in Red Storm Rising, and her pregnancy lends an interesting dimension to the book. Explain why Vigdis's pregnancy is so significant. What is its symbolism? What does her pregnancy indicate about the nature of life, and the nature of war? How does Vigdis's pregnancy affect her and those around her?

Essay Topic 3

Several women play important roles in the development of Red Storm Rising. Women like Toland's wife, Vigdis, and Amy Nakamura are as vital to the plot's development as their male counterparts. Examine women's role in Red Storm Rising and their significance in the story. How are the women similar to their male counterparts? How are they different? How does each woman interact with those around her? What does each woman reveal about the men around them?

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