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

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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 other regular radio quiz show guest and sports commentator said "Moe was the most scholarly professional athlete (I) ever knew"?

2. What position did Moe Berg play for the Boston Red Sox?

3. When did the attack on Pearl Harbor take place?

4. What was the name of the mission Moe Berg was assigned to with the objective of encouraging Italian scientists to come to America?

5. How many times was Moe Berg a guest appearance on a popular radio quiz show before never returning?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was Moe Berg sent to Zurich in Chapter 12, "Always Good Company"? What did he learn about Joliot-Curie there?

2. Why did the the SSU have a problem with Moe Berg in Chapter 12, "Always Good Company"? What was the outcome of this conflict?

3. For whom did Moe Berg play in the 1935 season? How is his performance described in Chapter 8, "Mr. Berg, You've Been Brilliant"?

4. What led to the Cold War, as described in Chapter 12, "Always Good Company"?

5. Why did Moe Berg dislike rooming with DiMaggio in Chapter 8, "Mr. Berg, You've Been Brilliant"? What job was he offered in this chapter?

6. When did the CIA offer Moe Berg a contract in Chapter 13, "A Life Without Calendar"? How was his relationship with the CIA?

7. Describe Moe Berg's final days in Chapter 13, "A Life Without Calendar." How did Berg survive during this time?

8. Who assisted Moe Berg in tracking down information about Heisenberg in Chapter 11, "A Perfect Spy"?

9. How did Moe Berg obtain information about Walther Bothe in Chapter 11, "A Perfect Spy"? What did he learn about Italian and German atomic resources?

10. Who did Moe Berg visit in January of 1946 in Chapter 12, "Always Good Company? What was his objective in the visit?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe John Kieran and his role in creating and perpetuating the image of Moe Berg. When did Kieran first meet Berg?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the impressions of Moe Berg by Linda McCarthy, Allan Siegal, Charles Owen and George Allen. How did each of these individuals know Moe Berg?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and discuss the later years of Moe Berg's life. Where and how did Berg die? What legacy did he leave behind?

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