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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 is Mrs. Backman's first name?

2. Marco encountered many people in the new city that were devoted to which of the following?

3. What is the name of the hotel where the exchange will supposedly take place?

4. How many people does Marco approach at the airport regarding the letter?

5. Ermanno becomes upset when Marco wants him to change which of the following?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Maynard want Morgan to pardon Joel Backman? Who is Joel Backman?

2. Discuss the meeting between Sandberg and Pratt. Who are Sandberg and Pratt?

3. How does Luigi propose Backman deal with the language barrier? What will Backman tell the locals about his lack of knowledge about the language?

4. What obstacles does Critz run into when he attempts to get information on Backman? Who does he contact?

5. Why does Backman go shopping? Why does he have to have permission from Luigi?

6. Who is the President of the United States? What is his current status?

7. Discuss Mrs. Critz's doubts about her husband's death. Does she know how and why her husband died? Does she tell anyone about her suspicions?

8. What is Backman's cover story? What is his new identity?

9. Who is Teddy Maynard? Why is he an important figure in the story? What is Maynard's relationship with the President?

10. What is Pratt's recollection of the Backman case? Who was involved? What was the main subject of the case?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Backman decides the right thing to do is to turn JAM over to the Pentagon. Discuss Backman's decision. Why did Backman make the choice? Was it the right choice? Was Backman concerned about national security or did he have a bout with his conscience? Does Backman get paid for the program? Does Backman turn everything over or does he hold something back? Explain. What do you think the Pentagon intends to do with JAM? Do you think Backman is safe now? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Clayburn's role in the story. Who is Clayburn? Why is he affiliated with the story? Is he still an active part of the Washington scene? How does Backman know Clayburn? Are the men friends, colleagues or something else? Why does Backman want to get in touch with Clayburn? How is Pratt able to find the man? What is Clayburn's response to Pratt's request? Does Clayburn meet with Backman? What is Clayburn's affiliation with the Pentagon? Does Clayburn do as he is asked? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Backman decides the right thing to do is to turn JAM over to the Pentagon. Discuss Backman's decision. Why did Backman make the choice? Was it the right choice? Was Backman concerned about national security or did he have a bout with his conscience? Does Backman get paid for the program? Does Backman turn everything over or does he hold something back? Explain. What do you think the Pentagon intends to do with JAM? Do you think Backman is safe now? Explain.

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