Sleeping with the Devil: How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Robert Baer
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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. Where is Kirkuk?

2. Where are most of the wells in Saudi Arabia?

3. Who provides for Saudi Arabia's external defense?

4. How does Baer characterize the Abqaiq crude oil complex?

5. What action of Minister Na'if's surprised Robert Baer after the attack at the United States barracks in Khobar?

Short Essay Questions

1. What parts of Bandar bin Sultan's career does Baer describe?

2. How does Baer describe Bandar bin Sultan and his wife's social activities in Washington D.C.?

3. How does Baer characterize the process by which Saudis were granted United States visas?

4. What would be the consequences of an attack on the Abqaiq complex, in Baer's opinion?

5. What threats of violence does Baer describe in Saudi Arabia?

6. What made Saudi Arabia an area of strategic importance for the United States?

7. What is the relationship between Baer's assessment of Saudi Arabia and the official United States assessment?

8. How specifically does Saudi money buy influence in Washington D.C.?

9. What anecdote does Baer say illustrates the standard of business in the Middle East?

10. How does Baer describe the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia after 9/11/2001?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a character sketch of the author based on his style and content. What values does he hold dear? What are his hopes and fears? What kind of person do you think he is? Anchor your sketch to passages in the book.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the U.S. and Saudi Arabia based on the information Baer presents. How are they similar? How are they different? Does money buy power the same way in either country? Is fundamentalist religion equally important in either country? What are the key differences between the two countries?

Essay Topic 3

How does Baer handle the differences between different Muslim countries? Are they lumped together, or are they treated as distinct countries with unique histories and particular relations with United States strategic interests? Does his treatment of different countries strengthen or weaken the book?

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