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. Clinton officials brief the incoming Bush staff on enforcing ___________ zones in Iraq.

2. Tony Blair believes Iraq poses less _________ threat than North Korea or Iran.

3. Bush later recalls that Tommy Franks confirmed that the war is absolutely _____________.

4. What is the code name for the operatives working for Tim during his time in Iraq?

5. Elder Bush's NSA declared an attack on Iraq will turn the Middle East into a _____________, setting back the war on terrorism.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Bush reaffirm when he comes home on September 1?

2. What is the concern from Rove that Bush dismisses as he feels it should not be a concern for him?

3. What does the Franks "Generated Start Plan" mean to the planning process of the war?

4. What are the two paths that Powell sees will happen at this point of the Iraq conflict?

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

6. What is the position and the responsibility of Michael V. Hayden?

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

8. What is Wolfowitz's strategy that Colin Powell believes to be absurd when he advocates it?

9. What does the Central Intelligence Agency never really come out and say categorically?

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

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

The reinspection of Iraq by the UN inspectors seems to have not gone in the direction that Bush wanted it to go.

Part 1: Do you think Bush wanted the inspectors to find more than they did? Why or why not?

Part 2: What would Bush have gained if the inspectors had found evidence of WMD? Why would this be important to him?

Part 3: Is it fair for Bush to be upset with Blix over not giving him the answers he wanted to hear? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The media coverage of the events leading up to the Iraq war show a media that did not necessarily agree with the President and his policies.

Part 1: Is it ever possible for the media to be completely impartial when they are reporting on current world events? Why or why not?

Part 2: Why do you think the media supported the President at first, but then began to look for holes in the logic and evidence?

Part 3: Should the media always support the actions of the President? Why or why not?

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