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 was Edward's girlfriend's name?

2. What does Morris do to gain information from the Russian prisoners about the whereabouts of other vessels?

3. Toland observes that the Allied forces are capable of beating the Russians, but they must be able to do what first?

4. What happens to the farmhouse after Edwards and his men dispose of the Russian bodies?

5. What kind of submarine does Morris and the other ship sink?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 3

Red Storm Rising was published in the midst of the Cold War. It includes many elements of Cold War politics, technological advances, and plays on many emotions and fears commonly held by people during the Cold War era. For a novel that is so time-specific, is Red Storm Rising still culturally significant today?

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