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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Economic sanctions were imposed by the U.S. against which nation in 1993 because of government-sponsored terrorism?
(a) Syria.
(b) Saudi Arabia.
(c) Egypt.
(d) Sudan.

3. What was the Taliban trying to clear Afghanistan of?
(a) Military dictator.
(b) Warlords.
(c) Religious leaders.
(d) Elected officials.

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

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

6. In what year did the Taliban form?
(a) 1994.
(b) 1982.
(c) 1986.
(d) 1990.

7. When did riots in Islamabad and an attack on the U.S. embassy take place?
(a) 21 December 1979.
(b) 21 September 1979.
(c) 21 November 1979.
(d) 21 October 1979.

8. 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) Afghanistan, U.S.
(c) Pakistan, U.S.
(d) Saudi Arabia, U.S.

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

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

11. Yosef and his associates also had plans to hijack a plane and crash it where?
(a) CIA headquarters.
(b) U.N. headquarters.
(c) Pentagon.
(d) White House.

12. 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.

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

14. When did the Soviets attack bin Laden's camp at Jaji which established him as a warrior with Arab jihadists?
(a) October 1987.
(b) April 1987.
(c) July 1987.
(d) January 1987.

15. The CIA did not favor the use of Stingers because they could be used by terrorists against what?
(a) Civilian freight vehicles.
(b) Civilian ambulances.
(c) Civilian airliners.
(d) Civilian ships.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was the new Department of State special envoy to the Afghan resistance that served from 1989-1992?

2. Prince Turki al-Faisal was chief of Saudi intelligence during what period?

3. Such attacks continued world-wide and U.S. intelligence saw a new terrorist generation had emerged by what point?

4. What group did Massoud join while at Kabul Polytechnic Institute?

5. 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?

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