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johnhatesyou | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 25, 2010 at 2:09 AM via web

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Summarize Mark's views on the United States' state of Civil Defense preparedness. Does the author seem to agree with him?

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 26, 2010 at 5:31 AM (Answer #1)

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Through flashbacks and conversations about previous incidents and talks with Mark, it becomes clear that Mark felt very strongly that the US was not prepared for the results of a nuclear exchange.  It wasn't so much that they weren't prepared for the actual exchange itself, just for the situations that would occur afterwards as vital services became unavailable.

In terms of whether or not the author agrees, things quickly break down in the novel, and this would suggest that the author in some ways agrees with Mark's assessment of the readiness in general of the US military and other civil authorities.

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