CJ450 – Understanding Terrorism

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:

  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.

Question 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 groups?

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