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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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.

3. 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?
(a) Failure.
(b) Minimal success.
(c) Significant success.
(d) Moderate success.

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

5. When was Bin Laden in Saudi Arabia to promote radical Islamic policies that irritated the government that he had to leave?
(a) 1992.
(b) 1990.
(c) 1991.
(d) 1989.

6. In Chapter 10, whose views in the Department of State ran counter to those of the CIA at Langley?
(a) Karl F. "Rick" Inderfurth.
(b) William Milam.
(c) Madeleine Albright.
(d) Edmund McWilliams.

7. Where was a champagne party held when the last Soviet troops left Afghanistan?
(a) KGB headquarters.
(b) CIA headquarters.
(c) MI6 headquarters.
(d) ISI headquarters.

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

9. In what year did CIA agent Howard Hart become the station chief in Islamabad?
(a) 1977.
(b) 1981.
(c) 1979.
(d) 1983.

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

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

12. Who was the Afghan bureau chief for the ISI from 1983-1987?
(a) Kuwaja Ziauddin.
(b) Mohammed Yousaf.
(c) Naseem Rana.
(d) Asad Durrani.

13. It was decided to treat terrorists as criminals with no claims to political legitimacy, and which was selected as the lead agency in 1995?
(a) DIA.
(b) DIA.
(c) CIA.
(d) FBI.

14. 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.

15. How frequently did Casey visit the Saudis and Pakistanis?
(a) Several times.
(b) Only once.
(c) Never.
(d) Many times.

Short Answer Questions

1. When did riots in Islamabad and an attack on the U.S. embassy take place?

2. When was the CIA's Counterterrorist Center formed?

3. Yosef was brought back to the U.S. on what date where he told the FBI that he was inspired by certain leaders but refused to say who?

4. Since Pakistan was close to having nuclear capability, American aid ended under what law?

5. What term did Paul Pillar, a chief analyst at the CIA Counterterrorist Center, use when he described individuals like Yousef?

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