CJ450 – Understanding Terrorism

Your response should not exceed one full paragraph of text, but it must completely answer all parts of the question. At no time should you include quotes in your response. Only provide original responses in your own words. Citations of course materials are neither required nor expected, although you are welcome to refer to course materials in order to complete this test successfully. For clarity’s sake, please observe the following meanings of terms:

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  1. “Describe”: When you are asked to describe something, please explain enough key characteristics of that ‘something’ as it relates to our course materials to demonstrate that you know what you are talking about.
  2. “In your opinion”: When you are asked for your opinion, please state just enough facts about the topic to demonstrate you recognize the topic from your work in the course, such as a definition of terms from our course materials in your own words. THEN, go on to explain your perspective as it relates to that topic. These questions call for well-considered opinions, but not analysis.
  3. “Discuss”: When you are asked to discuss something, please explain the key characteristics of that something to demonstrate that you know what you are talking about. THEN, provide a brief analysis of those characteristics through a relevant lens of our course materials. These questions call for well-informed analysis, but not opinions.
  4. If you are not explicitly asked to respond ‘in your opinion’, to ‘describe’, or to ‘discuss’, then simply answer the questions according to information presented in the course materials. Only do so, however, in your own words.

Answer the following questions.

Question 1: In your opinion, under what
circumstances is political violence malum prohibitum violence?

Question 2: What is the significance of the
following statement: “Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice”?

Question 3: Briefly discuss the significance of the
tragedy at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

4: Briefly describe the
purpose of “blacklisting” and other authoritarian measures during Red Scares in
the United States.

Question 5: Briefly discuss the terrorist environment
created by Uruguay’s Tupamaros.

Question 6: What kinds of targets do militant
radical Islamists typically attack? Why have these targets been selected?

Question 7: Why have reactionary rightist groups
been relatively less prolific and less viable in comparison to radical leftist

Question 8: In your opinion, what is the future of
international terrorism?

Question 9: Briefly describe the reasons behind
Colombia’s FARC and Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers decisions to participate in
criminal enterprises, such as the drug and arms trades.

Question 10: In your opinion, what explains
sectarian violence in societies that have long histories of residing together,
such as Lebanon, Yugoslavia, and Northern Ireland?


Martin, G. (2012). Understanding
terrorism: Challenges, perspectives, and issues (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA:
Sage Publications.  ISBN: 9781452205823