Summary/Analysis Paper Instructions for The 9/11 Report (A Graphic Interpretation)  


American National Government, On-line Class Spring 2009


Posting #1 (Up to about page 44) Due:  1/30 by 11:00 PM

Posting #2 (Up to about page 66) Due:  2/6 by 11:00 PM

Posting #3 (Up to about page 98) Due:  2/10 by 11:00 PM

Posting #4 (Up to the end) Due:  2/15 by 11:00 PM


Quiz Must Be Taken By:  2/22 at 11:00 PM

Paper Due:  2/27 at 11:00 PM


This paper should include your responses to The 9/11 Report:  A Graphic Interpretation.  The paper should answer ALL of the Questions for Consideration below, but feel free to comment on other information included in the book.  Direct quotes must have quotation marks and the page number on which they appear should also be included (see instructions on the back of this page). Your papers can also comment on material related to information presented in lecture (by the way, this is one way to show analysis).  Papers must be typed, double-spaced, and well written (correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc.).  There is no page requirement, but I will guess that it will probably take at least 1,000 words, or four pages to answer the questions with enough supporting detail. 


The easiest way to organize this paper is to answer each question in its own paragraph or series of paragraphs.  If you would rather write a formal essay that incorporates all of the answers to the Questions for Consideration, that is fine.  The layout/organization of this paper is entirely up to you. 


Questions for Consideration


1.     Trace the sequence of events which took place on the four planes hijacked on 9/11.


1.     Describe the events which occurred at the World Trade Center & Pentagon on 9/11.

2.     Describe the following characters:  Richard Clarke, Ahmed Shah Massoud, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Zacharias Moussaoui, and Pervez Musharraf. Who were they?  What role did they play in the book?

3.     Describe the rise of Osama Bin Laden & Al Qaeda.  Who was Bin Laden; what was his background? How did Al Qaeda get started; in what ways were they involved in terrorist activities prior to 9/11?

4.     What were some of the specific strategies & preparations made by Al Qaeda as they planned to attack the World Trade Center & Pentagon?  For example, what was the Hamburg group?  What was the profile of the hijackers?  What training and planning went into their attack?

5.     What criticisms & recommendations did the Commission make?  For example, what were some failures of “Foresight” which predated the 9/11 attack?  What actions did the Commission suggest should be taken to prevent a future attack?  Do you agree/disagree with these criticisms and recommendations?  Why/why not?

6.     What are the strengths & weaknesses of this book as a source to learn about the events surrounding the attacks on the World Trade Center & Pentagon on September 11, 2001?  (Hint:  Was the presentation of this information in a graphic novel form effective?  Was the book believable/credible?  Why/why not?   How would you describe the author's writing style/book's organization? Was it easy/enjoyable to read?  Why/why not?  Links to additional sources could help to address the book's credibility here).

Citation Format Style


1.     Underline or italicize the titles of books or ships.


2.     Spell out all numbers between zero and nine.


3.     Please do not place your name anywhere on your paper other than the title page.  I try to grade papers anonymously.


4.     Try to avoid over-use of quotations, but any quotation longer than four lines should be indented fives paces and single-spaced (rather than double-spaced).   If/when this is done, there is no need for quotation marks.


5.     Example of how a direct quote taken from the book you are assigned to read should be cited: 


“The Geneva Accords of 1954 reflected these influences” (41).


6.     Example of how to cite a direct quote taken from a book review or a source other than the assigned book: 


“The prose style of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s work Uncle Tom’s Cabin elicits an emotional response from readers” (Stevenson 1981, 52).


7.     If a source other than the book that is assigned is used, a list of references is required.  The reference page should be the last page of the paper and entries should be organized in alphabetical order according to author (not numbered).  Entries should also be single-spaced within the entry and double-spaced between each entry.


a)     Example for a book:


Cronon, William.  Changes in the Land.  New York:  Hill and Wang,



b)    Example for a journal article:


Jackson, Richard.  “Running Down the Up-Escalator.”  Australian

          Geographer 14 (May 1979):  175-184.


c)     Example for internet sources:


DiStefano, Vince. “Guidelines for Better Writing.”^vinced/home/better-writing.html.


d)    Example for Lecture:


Nagle, Michael.   Progressives & WWI.  February 12, 2005.