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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 Moe Berg begin playing professional baseball?

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

3. How many games did Moe Berg play in the season of 1933?

4. What was a royal palace in Paris which stood on the right bank of the River Seine until 1871, when it was destroyed in the upheaval during the suppression of the Paris Commune?

5. What was Moe Berg's father's profession by the time Moe entered college?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Dr. Sam Berg. What was his relationship with his brother Moe?

2. Describe Moe Berg's rooftop filming in Japan in Chapter 7, "Strange Foreigner with Camera." Where did he film from?

3. With whom did Moe Berg play in the 1923 baseball season? Where did he go in Paris when the season ended in Chapter 4, "Robin in Paris"?

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

5. What university did Moe enter in 1919? What was his demeanor there described as?

6. 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?

7. What did Moe Berg take along with him on his second trip to Japan in Chapter 7, "Strange Foreigner with Camera"? Who had contracted Berg?

8. Where did Moe Berg take a non-baseball-related job in 1930 in Chapter 6, "You Never Knew He Was Around"?

9. What theory does the author put forth regarding Bernard Berg's relationship with his children in Chapter 2, "Youth: Runt Wolfe"?

10. What was the principle objective of Bernard Berg as described in Chapter 2, "Youth: Runt Wolfe"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the world of professional baseball in the 1920s. What was the significance of Berg signing with the Robins? How did his family react?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Describe Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Earl Averill, Charlie Gehringer, Jimmie Foxx and Lefty Gomez and Moe Berg's second trip to Japan. What Japanese all-star team did they play against?

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