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

2. Morris and his new crew work with another ship to sink an enemy submarine. What is the other ship's name?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Do the crews of the Ruben James and the Battleaxe get along?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When the term "Red Storm" is introduced, it is described as a "plan for a mechanized attack into West Germany and the Low Countries." The offensive is supposed to last no more than a few weeks and is to rely heavily on the element of surprise. Does the initial plan for Red Storm seem reasonable? Develop an argument either supporting Red Storm as it is originally introduced, or against it. If you argue for Red Storm, explain why that plan is the best possible plan. If you argue against it, provide an alternate plan for attack.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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