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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Benazir Bhutto told America it would bring peace to the nation, but did not tell them about aid to the Taliban from where?
(a) Turkey.
(b) Pakistani.
(c) Afghanistan.
(d) Sudan.

2. Who was the CIA chief selected when the Bill Clinton administration took office?
(a) Robert Gates.
(b) Edmund McWilliams.
(c) James Woolsey.
(d) John Deutch.

3. What was seen as the biggest threat once the Soviets pulled out of Afghanistan?
(a) Nuclear capability.
(b) Terrorism.
(c) Radical Islam.
(d) Dictatorship.

4. Bin Laden was sponsoring jihad in Communist Yemen and opposed the Saudi government when they allowed American troops in to liberate which nation?
(a) Oman.
(b) Iraq.
(c) Kuwait.
(d) Lebanon.

5. What action did Massoud take when the Soviets planned to attack the Panjshir Valley?
(a) Fled the valley.
(b) Ordered it evacuated.
(c) Set up military defenses.
(d) Assimilated into neighboring towns.

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

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

8. What term did Paul Pillar, a chief analyst at the CIA Counterterrorist Center, use when he described individuals like Yousef?
(a) "Ad hoc terrorists."
(b) "Cowboy terrorists."
(c) "Tinkertoy terrorists."
(d) "Rental terrorists."

9. Yousef received jihad bomb training and participated in the attack where?
(a) U.S. Marine barracks, Beirut.
(b) U.S. embassy, Tehran.
(c) Afghan capitol building, Kabul.
(d) World Trade Center, New York.

10. The new National Security Decision Directive in 1985 made it harder to keep CIA involvement secret and there was concern the Soviets would retaliate against what nations?
(a) Afghanistan, Pakistan.
(b) Saudi Arabia, U.S.
(c) Pakistan, U.S.
(d) Afghanistan, U.S.

11. Massoud was a top target for the Soviets because his group used and repaired captured weapons and equipment against which nationality?
(a) Soviets.
(b) Afghans.
(c) Pakistanis.
(d) Saudis.

12. When was the treaty for the Soviet withdrawal signed in Geneva?
(a) 12 July 1988.
(b) 14 April 1988.
(c) 18 January 1989.
(d) 16 October 1988.

13. Many of the reports from Algeria, Egypt, and Tunisia were treated how in Washington?
(a) Required more study.
(b) Discounted.
(c) Accepted.
(d) Probable.

14. Like all students at the time while attending Kabul Polytechnic Institute, what did Massoud have a choice between?
(a) Marxism or radical Hinduism.
(b) Communism or radical Islam.
(c) Leninism or radical Buddhism.
(d) Nazism or radical Judaism.

15. The author identified which rebel as the one the Saudis viewed as most important?
(a) Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.
(b) Abdurrab Rasul Sayyaf.
(c) Hamid Karzai.
(d) Osama bin Laden.

Short Answer Questions

1. Hart also met regularly with Akhtar due Rahman, who directed the ISI, Pakistan's intelligence agency known as what?

2. While he received money and supplies through the CIA without the Pakistanis knowing it, Massoud had no contact with the CIA during what decade because of the CIA agreement with Pakistan?

3. What transpired in November 1989 that meant Afghan President Najibullah was no longer part of a world Communist movement?

4. By the mid-1980s, the Afghan rebels were staging attacks within what borders?

5. According to Chapter 10, where did Jallaladin Haqqanni operate near and test weapons and equipment for the CIA?

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