What stance to take when answering PMP exam questions?

A question such as follows:

When negative risk occurs, a response to it is called?

Options include contingency plan and workaround.

Problem is that the question does not specify whether this risk that occurred was anticipated during contingency planning. According to Rita's, you're supposed to assume that proper project management was done if it does not specify otherwise.

If so, then shouldn't the answer be contingency plan since we're supposed to assume that this risk has been identified (it doesn't say it wasn't)? However, the answere turned out to be workaround.

What stance do we take in such situations on the real exam?




If the questions says  unidentified risk has occurred  then work around is the best answer whereas if questions says unidentified risk has been identified then it should be identify risks



Problem is the question does not specify whether the risk has been identified or not. What do we assume in this case?


Another similar question I've found:


If there is a fire, the risk response plan developed is to use a fire extinguisher. If the fire extinguisher cannot take care of the fire, you call in a fire engine – calling in the fire engine is an example of:

A. Secondary risk  
B. Residual risk  
C. Fallback Plan 
D. Work around

Answer is C. Fallback Plan.


It does not state whether calling the fire engine was planned (fallback plan) or unplanned (work around).


Am I missing something here?



 Its fall back plan. The fall back plan is designed for use when the primary stratergy fails

Thanks. I think I get it now. I believe I over-analyzed the question.