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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. Who picked up Berg in 1931 when Chicago put him on waivers?

2. What was Moe Berg's major for which he earned a B.A. degree?

3. In the baseball season of 1929, where was Moe Berg injured?

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

5. What does RBI stand for?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What led to Moe Berg's second Japan trip in Chapter 7, "Strange Foreigner with Camera"? What other ballplayers went on the tour?

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

9. What happened academically and in Moe Berg's sports career in 1929 in Chapter 5, "Good Field, No Hit"?

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

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

Discuss Moe Berg's fascination with language. How many languages did Berg study while at Princeton? What, aside from baseball, intrigued Berg as a potential profession?

Essay Topic 3

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

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