Plan of Attack Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Bob Woodward
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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. Snowcroft, a private consultant, publishes in the Wall Stress Journal a piece stating ______________ is not connected to 9/11.

2. The ____________ worries about short munitions and the effect on efforts in Afghanistan.

3. Even ____________ likes Powell's pitch for going to the United Nations for support of the war effort.

4. Franks briefs the Joint Chiefs of Staff whose turf wars in ___________ he has criticized.

5. Bush releases the proposed language of the resolution, and the Washington Post declares Bush has virtually routed the ____________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Armitage push Powell to do as Powell is on edge with the military planning becoming dominant?

2. What is the goal of the line-by-line review by Rice of the draft National Security Presidential Directive?

3. What does Ari Fleischer say to the press in response to the story in the NY Times that Bush has highly detailed war plans?

4. What does George W. Bush tell Rumsfeld on November 21, 2001 in a private aside?

5. What does Powell recall which he is beginning to believe he is seeing within this war planning process?

6. What does Michael Gerson feel about the upcoming speech that he is writing for Bush's State of the Union?

7. What do the Marines worry about in relation to conflict in Iraq?

8. What are the advantages of the new Hybrid Plan that Franks proposes during the war planning process?

9. What is the false story that Bush will use in order to sell his war plans to the government, the people, and the world?

10. What does Hayden foresee about the conflict in Iraq that will cause strain to the NSA?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At some points of the book, it seems that the President may have been swayed to a certain position due to information received by those closest to him, and he immediately trusted this information.

Part 1: Do you think the President should trust everything that he hears from those in his Cabinet or in Congress? Why or why not?

Part 2: Why would people close to the President give him less than accurate information?

Part 3: Do you think that the President has the information he needed to make decisions that were best for the country?

Essay Topic 2

Within the events of the book, it seems there was an idea of 'you're either with us or against us' in the government.

Part 1: Why do you think this idea of unending loyalty is important during this particular time frame?

Part 2: Do you believe it to be fair, the statement that you're either with us or against us? Why or why not?

Part 3: Why do you think it's essential that everyone be a part of the decisions that were being made?

Essay Topic 3

It seems that there may have been a bit of arrogance on the part of the leaders of the United States when the war began.

Part 1: Why do you think Bush was giving a speech in front of the "Mission Accomplished"sign when the war wasn't over?

Part 2: How do you think the reputation of the United States changed after the US proclaimed victory in Iraq?

Part 3: Do you think that a less arrogant attitude might have been more successful with Iraq and with the world? Why or why not?

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