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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. What does Watson from the FBI suggest the CSG do in the immediate hours following the 9/11 attacks?
(a) Evacuate the White House.
(b) Evacuate all landmark buildings.
(c) Allow the market and businesses to stay open.
(d) Attack al Qaeda.

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

3. What is the first thing Clarke does upon hearing the news of the World Trade Center?
(a) Calls O'Neill to see if he is OK.
(b) Heads to the White House to speak with Cheney and Rice.
(c) Runs to the Situation Room at the White House.
(d) Calls Rice to see what she wants to do.

4. What does Gore believe he does well?
(a) Head meetings.
(b) Look mad.
(c) Scare people into doing their jobs well.
(d) Security plans.

5. When TWA 800 explodes, what is the atmosphere in the White House?
(a) Tense for a possible war.
(b) Happy they have a reason to engage in a war with Iran.
(c) Fear that Clinton will not respond rationally.
(d) Understanding that domestic terrorism will be on the rise from this point forward.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do the surviving families of TWA 800 respond to Clinton's visit?

2. Why does Mike Fenzel have difficulty hearing the crisis conference in the Situation Room?

3. What does Clarke especially fight for to prevent terrorist attacks?

4. When does Clarke finally allow himself to grieve over the deaths of 9/11?

5. Why is the Iranian Revolution important to the U.S.?

Short Essay Questions

1. Compare and contrast alliances and enemies from the Reagan administration and George H.W. Bush's administration.

2. What are the results of al Qaeda's first act of war against the U.S. since their issued fatwa? How does it affect more than just U.S. citizens?

3. How does Usama bin Laden become involved in the efforts of Afghanistan?

4. Why does the U.S. send Marine forces into Lebanon? What does Reagan tell the administration, and why?

5. What are the major problems that prevent reasoning with the Taliban?

6. 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?

7. In terms of taking action against terrorism, where does the White House stand? The Pentagon? How is this seen in their decisions?

8. What is the dispute between the FBI and Clarke concerning Air Marshalls?

9. List in detail the concerns Clarke has in protecting the troops during the first Iraq War against "special" weapons.

10. What are the pros/cons of strengthening the relationship with Israel?

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