The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Nicholas Dawidoff
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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 old was Moe Berg when he begged his mother to let him start school?

2. What two baseball clubs approached Moe Berg after his college graduation?

3. On his second Japan trip, Moe Berg convinced Babe Ruth that he learned Japanese in what amount of time?

4. Moe Berg worked as a baseball coach until what year?

5. With what respected Wall Street law firm did Moe Berg take a position in 1930?

Short Essay Questions

1. How often did Moe Berg play in the 1930 season in Chapter 6, "You Never Knew He Was Around"?

2. What happened in Moe Berg's baseball career when he returned from Paris in Chapter 5, "Good Field, No Hit"?

3. What did Bernard Berg study to become after leaving the laundry business in Chapter 2, "Youth: Runt Wolfe"? How did Bernard feel about religion?

4. What led to Moe Berg taking position as the starting catcher for the Senators in Chapter 7, "Strange Foreigner with Camera"? When did the Senators release Berg?

5. Why did Moe Berg begin the 1926 season late in Chapter 5, "Good Field, No Hit"?

6. When did Bernard Berg immigrate to America in Chapter 2, "Youth: Runt Wolfe"? What job did he take?

7. What was John Kieran credited with in Chapter 1, "The Public Berg: Professor Moe"?

8. What baseball teams approached Moe Berg after college graduation in Chapter 3, "The Stiff Collar"? Who did Moe Berg sign with?

9. How does author Nicholas Dawidoff describe Moe Berg's sports persona in Chapter 1, "The Public Berg: Professor Moe"?

10. For whom did Moe Berg play in the 1933 season in Chapter 7, "Strange Foreigner with Camera"? How was his performance described?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Herb Hunter, Lefty O'Doul and Ted Lyons, and discuss the organization of Berg's first trip to Japan. What were Berg's impressions of Japan?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze and discuss the relationship between Estella Huni and Moe Berg. How was their relationship described? Who among Berg's friends and family did Estella meet?

Essay Topic 3

Describe Moe Berg's family and parents, Bernard Berg and Rose Tashker. Why did Bernard Berg leave the Ukraine to move to America?

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