Alger Hiss

1.Who was Alger Hiss and what was he accused of? 2.How did Alger Hiss answer the accusations made against him by the HUAC? 3.Are there any differences between Hiss’s testimony on August 5, and his testimony on August 16? 4.Chambers writes that the Alger Hiss case was actually when “two faiths were on trial.”  What does he mean by this? 5.Why does Chambers characterize his book as a “book of hope”? 6.How does Chambers describe what it meant to be Communist? 7.What tools does Communism use to place men as the masters of creation? 8.Where do the screams come from that Chambers says Communists hear?   9.Describe the moment that Chambers thinking began to break away from communism. 10.How was the Alger Hiss case resolved?  Do you think Hiss was innocent? Why or why not? 11.Who was Joseph McCarthy and why is he notorious? 12.How does McCarthy characterize the difference between the “western Christian World” and the Communist world?  Contrast his characterization with Chambers- how are they similar outlooks, and how do they differ? 13.What tactics did McCarthy use to heighten the fear of communist spies in the U.S. government? 14.Describe the impact McCarthy had on the anti-communist fervor in the U.S. during the post-war era.