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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why is it important to have Arab nations as allies when the U.S. goes to war against Iraq?
(a) Otherwise, they will ally with Iraq against the U.S.
(b) It helps protect the U.S.'s image in the Muslim world.
(c) It helps keep Israel's good relationship.
(d) They are the next rising superpower.

2. What does the Continuity of Government implement?
(a) Secure back-up of fiber optic cables and wires for communications.
(b) The evacuation of the first five in the line of government to a cave.
(c) The movement of departments to alternate sites.
(d) Always having a secure line between the President and Vice President.

3. When does Clarke finally allow himself to grieve over the deaths of 9/11?
(a) Not for another month after 9/11.
(b) When he first sits down to write "Against All Enemies."
(c) He doesn't until he retires.
(d) At John O'Neill's funeral.

4. What is the general response as Clarke and his team make an effort for an air defense system in D.C.?
(a) They think he is nuts.
(b) They completely agree and back him.
(c) They believe he is too involved with conspiracy theories.
(d) They think he is creative, but disagree with the immediate need.

5. What unexpected event happens after the Persian Gulf War?
(a) The U.S. spreads their troops further and into southwest Asia.
(b) The U.S. stays stationed in the Middle East.
(c) The U.N. occupies Kuwait.
(d) The U.S. leaves Saudi Arabia quicker than planned.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Secretary of State Christopher push to bomb an Iraqi facility on a Saturday night?

2. Who else wants to convict Omar Abdel Rahman for terrorism?

3. What does Prince Turki ask of Usama bin Laden when he returns to Saudi Arabia from Afghanistan in 1989?

4. After homeland issues are assured in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, what is the Situation Room's next topic?

5. Of the following, which military action does NOT occur?

Short Essay Questions

1. As terrorist attacks occur in New York and D.C., how are high levels in the White House expected to react? How is this difficult in the job? How is this difficult as a person?

2. How does Saddam try to assassinate George H.W. Bush? Describe the subsequent events that allow the U.S. to discover that Iraq is responsible for the attempt.

3. What is President Bush adamant about despite the international law that Rumsfield reminds him of? What is the international law that Rumsfield mentions to Bush?

4. What is Clarke's stance on conspiracy theories? How does he come to this conclusion?

5. What is Operation Staunch? How does it further influence the Iran-Iraq war?

6. What are Clarke's feelings about Iraq after the World Trade Center is attacked on September 11, 2001? What does he wish for, and why?

7. What is Reagan's reaction to Hezbollah and other attacks? How does this set up a certain way of thinking in the Middle East?

8. For the first time, on 9/11 Clarke is able to think as he walks from the Situation Room (SR) to the Presidential Emergency Operations Center (PEOC). What are his thoughts at this time? How might this foreshadow information that may come later in the book?

9. How does Condeleeza Rice handle the situation at the White house following the 9/11 attacks? How might others view her actions? How does Clarke view her actions?

10. Explain how the U.S. is able to act fast with many of the Arab Nations and allow the U.S. troops to come into their country just previous to the Persian Gulf War.

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