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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Not long after they formed, the Taliban captured what city?
(a) Khakassia.
(b) Karachi.
(c) Khartoum.
(d) Kandahar.

2. Bin Laden had already formed the al-Qaeda and moved his family back to Saudi Arabia in what year?
(a) 1989.
(b) 1987.
(c) 1990.
(d) 1988.

3. Chapter 12 revealed what about the State Department and CIA in 1991?
(a) In open competition regarding change of Kabul government.
(b) In open agreement regarding change of Kabul government.
(c) In secret competition regarding change of Kabul government.
(d) In secret agreement regarding change of Kabul government.

4. Who became the CIA station chief in Islamabad in July 1986?
(a) Frank Anderson.
(b) Howard Hart.
(c) Duane R. "Dewey" Clarridge.
(d) Milton Bearden.

5. After he was attacked by the Soviets at Jaji, bin Laden met Aymen al-Zawahiri, preached global jihad, and initiated what sort of campaign?
(a) Vehicle bombings.
(b) Surface-to-air missiles.
(c) Media.
(d) Commando raids.

6. The U.S. embassy attack was coordinated by a radical group at which university?
(a) Tehran University.
(b) Quaid-I-Azam University.
(c) Kabul Polytechnic Institute.
(d) University of Afghanistan.

7. Prince Turki al-Faisal was chief of Saudi intelligence during what period?
(a) 1977-2001.
(b) 1994-2001.
(c) 1997-2001.
(d) 1987-2001.

8. To what did the Saudis view the Soviet invasion as a threat?
(a) Saudi mineral wealth.
(b) Saudi industrial wealth.
(c) Saudi gold wealth.
(d) Saudi oil wealth.

9. Such attacks continued world-wide and U.S. intelligence saw a new terrorist generation had emerged by what point?
(a) Early 1996.
(b) Late 1996.
(c) Mid-1995.
(d) Mid-1997.

10. The ISI Afghan operations director's plans to cut Soviet supply lines were frustrated when Afghan rebels refused to take part in suicide missions for what reason?
(a) It was an inhumane method of warfare.
(b) They could not infiltrate Soviet lines.
(c) It was against their religious beliefs.
(d) It presented unnecessary risk to civilians.

11. Who was the new Department of State special envoy to the Afghan resistance that served from 1989-1992?
(a) Peter Tomsen.
(b) Thomas Peterson.
(c) Peter Thompson.
(d) Peter Timmons.

12. Schroen said the U.S., which left Afghanistan when the Soviet Union dissolved, would return for what reason?
(a) Political unrest.
(b) Religious conflict.
(c) Terrorism.
(d) Civil war.

13. What transpired in November 1989 that meant Afghan President Najibullah was no longer part of a world Communist movement?
(a) Fall of the Berlin Wall.
(b) Soviet decision to pull out of Afghanistan.
(c) Tiananmen Square protests.
(d) State Department call for a successor to him.

14. Egyptian Sheikh Rahman suffered from what physical disability?
(a) Blindness.
(b) Mute.
(c) Epilepsy.
(d) Deafness.

15. According to Chapter 10, where did Jallaladin Haqqanni operate near and test weapons and equipment for the CIA?
(a) Parrot's Beak.
(b) Hawk's Beak.
(c) Eagle's Beak.
(d) Pelican's Beak.

Short Answer Questions

1. In 1993. the CIA was warned by the State Department envoy in Central Asia that the policy of allowing the Afghans to find their own solution achieved what?

2. Many of the reports from Algeria, Egypt, and Tunisia were treated how in Washington?

3. When did the Soviets attack bin Laden's camp at Jaji which established him as a warrior with Arab jihadists?

4. In Chapter 10, whose views in the Department of State ran counter to those of the CIA at Langley?

5. The CIA and ISI planned another offensive to build the strength of Massoud and other rebel leaders that called for them to take Kabul in which winter?

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