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Ten Questions: Attack on U.S. embassy foiled, Atlantis crew takes spacewalk

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(CNN Student News) -- September 13, 2006

Answer the following questions about today's featured news stories. Write your answers in the space provided.

1. What information is known about the foiled attack on the U.S. Embassy in Damascus? Who do Syrian authorities believe is responsible for the attack? What is the U.S. position on the attack at this point in time?

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2. Why do you think that the U.S. embassy was targeted?

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3. What action, if any, do you think that the U.S. should take in response to the attack?

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4. How many spacewalks are scheduled for the current Atlantis mission? Who are Joe Tanner and Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, and what was the purpose of their first spacewalk? What challenges did they encounter?

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5. How does Stefanyshyn-Piper feel about girls becoming astronauts, divers, engineers and pilots? Do you think that, when your generation enters the workforce, more women will take jobs like these? Why or why not?

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6. What is a primary election? What are some of the positions at stake in this year's primary elections?

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7. What, if anything, do you think that the outcome of these races indicates about the feelings of voters?

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8. For what elected offices are Kristen Cox and David Paterson running? Why would their wins be historically significant?

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9. Do you think that visual impairments have any bearing on a person's ability to hold public office? If so, how? If not, why not? Why do some people find Cox and Patterson inspirational?

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10. If you have sight, how do you think that becoming blind would impact your life? Would it prevent you from pursuing your interests or goals? Explain.

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