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Hostage Situations

written by: bobby
 
Let's see how much you know about hostage situations, hostage-takers and hostage negotiations. Enjoy.

Question 1:


The most common hostage situation is when the hostage-taker is...?
Rational and uses people to attract public attention.
Emotionally and/or mentally disturbed.
Rational and uses people to trade their lives for whatever goal she/he has.
Rational and uses people as human shields so that she/he does not get shot by the police.

Question 2:


At the scene of any hostage crisis, it is best if the negotiator and the police commander duties are performed by different people.
True
False

Question 3:


Not always are the negotiators professionals. Sometimes they are bystanders who get involved. This happened in 1975, when the terrorist group Japanese Red Army attacked the US Consulate in Kuala Lampur. They made a phone call to notify the US authorities that they had hostages. The man who answered the phone and became an accidental negotiator was...?
The consul's child, who was there at that time
A Japanese who was applying for a visa
A junior embassy officer
A janitor

Question 4:


It is never a good idea to use a secondary negotiator, because all he/she can do is distract the primary one.
True
False

Question 5:


Should the negotiator foster the growth of a relationship between him and the hostage-taker?
No
Yes

Question 6:


Which of these should a negotiator never do?
Give the hostage-takers everything they ask for
Prolong the negotiations
Keep things calm
Ensure the safety of the hostages

Question 7:


Which of these statements is incorrect, regarding the Stockholm Syndrome?
All statements are true
The hostages feel gratitude that later turns into sympathy towards the criminals for sparing their lives
The hostages feel afraid that the police might rush into the building and kill them accidentally
It is a defense mechanism

Question 8:


The United States and Russia are nations with a reputation for strict non-negotiation policies. Which one is a third such nation?
China
Israel
Germany
France

Question 9:


In 2004, Chechen separatists invaded the Beslan elementary school. What did the Russian government do?
It did nothing and three days later the separatists killed all hostages.
It ordered an armed assault and some hostages died.
It did nothing and three days later the separatists released the hostages.
It ordered an armed assault and saved all the hostages.

Question 10:


Only one of these makes kidnapping resemble a typical hostage situation. Which one?
Kidnappers' usual goals are money, attention, some cause, etc.
Communication is one-way - the kidnappers tell authorities what to do
The criminals keep their hostages at a secret location
The criminals are barricaded in an unknown area

 


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