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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. In what year did Bernard Berg leave Ukraine to head west?

2. When did the Louvre Museum open?

3. Who picked up Moe Berg after his unconditional release from the Cleveland Indians?

4. What refers to a fielder's ability to move from his position to field a ball in play in baseball?

5. How many languages did Moe Berg study while earning his B.A. degree?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does the author describe Moe Berg's impact on those around him in the Prologue?

4. How is Moe Berg's relationship with the press described in Chapter 1, "The Public Berg: Professor Moe"? What were Berg's academic qualities?

5. What did Moe Berg do to earn a high impression from John McGraw in Chapter 4, "Robin in Paris"? What academic pursuits did Moe Berg attain in Paris?

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

7. Where did Moe Berg travel after his first trip to Japan in Chapter 7, "Strange Foreigner with Camera"?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Moe Berg's career with the Red Sox and appearances on "Information, Please!" Who was the host of the show and what other individuals were regular guests?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss the camera Moe Berg brought with him to Japan and on MovietoneNews, with whom he'd signed a contract. What was Berg commissioned to film?

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