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Department of Homeland Security: Definition, History & Agencies

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Which event prompted the creation of the Department of Homeland Security?

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1. What was Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge's role in the Office of Homeland Security?

2. Which of the following is NOT one of the primary goals of the Department of Homeland Security?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In the wake of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the U.S. federal government united the country's principle law enforcement and security agencies under the Department of Homeland Security. This department was formed in order to better coordinate the country's defense against and response to terrorist acts, natural disasters and other potential threats. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand the steps taken to create the Department of Homeland Security and the agencies it now administers.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The creation of the Department of Homeland Security
  • The objectives of the Department of Homeland Security
  • The agencies that are now part of the department
  • The first director of the department
  • The department's security missions

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about the launch of the Department of Homeland Security and its mission
  • Knowledge application - use your understanding of the agencies that are part of the Department of Homeland Security to answer questions about its comprehensive mission
  • Critical thinking - consider the individual agencies and their histories, traditions and specific missions to examine the centralized control of the Department of Homeland Security in a new light

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on the Department of Homeland Security and its agencies. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the formation of the Department of Homeland Security
  • Know the five primary missions of the department
  • Know the types of threats the department guards against
  • Understand how the department maintains a comprehensive system of security
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