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

2. What is unusual about McCafferty's kill in chapters 35-39?

3. Morris is reassigned to a new ship. What is the name of that ship?

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

5. In Iceland, Edwards and his men near the hill Doghouse told them to reach but are unable to approach it. Why?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What contributes to Edwards's decision to relocate his men a second time?

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

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

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

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

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

9. When Alekeseyev and Sergetov discuss the offensive in Germany, do they decide that the war is going well, or that it is going poorly?

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

Examine the structure and political maneuvering of the Russian government through Red Storm Rising's plot. After establishing the style, structure, and function of the Russian government, analyze how those elements influence the outcome of the Red Storm offensive. If the country's government was structured differently, would the outcome of the war have been the same? Be sure to support each point with a specific example from the novel.

Essay Topic 2

The two opposing sides of the conflict in Red Storm Rising each have an overarching plan for victory. The Soviet government places a great deal of emphasis on the element of surprise, and the Allied forces focus extensively on cooperation and unity in the face of the Russian threat. Examine the two sides' different ideals and how each side believes their concept will help them win the war. Which side is most effective in keeping to their plan? How did each concept play into the end of the war?

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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