Against All Enemies Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Richard A. Clarke
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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. When Clarke returns to the White House after a short break on 9/12, what does he hear Rumsfeld discussing?

2. What causes Aideed to go underground?

3. With the Red Army gone, what mentality do some of the soldiers that fight against them have?

4. In addition to closing airways, what does Clarke want to safeguard?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is different about the terrorists involved with the World Trade Center bombing in 1993 than terrorists from previous attacks?

2. Why does Iraq's attack on Kuwait concern the U.S. and other nations? What are the countries fearful of?

3. During the 1990s, what is the political situation in Bahrain? How does this affect the U.S.?

4. 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.

5. Why does Clarke believe the fight against terrorism begins with Reagan's administration?

6. How do Congress and the Clinton administration try to weaken Iran?

7. What is the conversation between Watson from the FBI and Clarke on a secure line concerning the 9/11 terrorists during the counter-terrorism security group (CSG) meeting? Why does Watson want this conversation on a secure line and not in teleconference with all the other groups?

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Clinton and George W. Bush's outlook on terrorism. How do they feel about its threat? What actions do they take? How do they make their decisions on terrorism? What influences their decisions?

Essay Topic 2

Compare Reagan and George H.W. Bush's non-military response to Clinton and George W. Bush's military response to terrorism. Which avenue seems to work better? What other influences are there that determines the effectiveness of a response?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay on how the U.S. backs certain countries and why they do it. An example is how the U.S. backs Hussein when he invades Iran or Afghanistan when they are at war with Russia. What motivates the U.S. to help Iraq or Afghanistan during those times? Is it more about the country they are helping or about the enemy?

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