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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In 1997 intelligence agents learned of assassination plots against which target?
(a) Massoud Khalili.
(b) Ahmed Shah Massoud.
(c) Mullah Mohammed Omar.
(d) Osama bin Laden.

2. The CIA slowly composed an intricate map of which infrastructure made from photos and satellite imagery?
(a) Bin Laden's Saudi.
(b) Bin Laden's Pakistani.
(c) Bin Laden's Iranian.
(d) Bin Laden's Afghani.

3. The 1997-2000 White House national security adviser was determined "terrorism and al Qaeda" would rank where?
(a) Not the "number one" issue.
(b) It "matched Korea" on the list.
(c) The "number two" issue.
(d) The "number one" issue.

4. Bin Laden practiced operational security that was intensive and he was cautious of what?
(a) Couriers.
(b) Computers.
(c) Telephones.
(d) Radio communication.

5. The CIA suspected Pakistani intelligence worked with bin Laden and trained recruits to fight where?
(a) Kashgar.
(b) Kashan.
(c) Kashubi.
(d) Kashmir.

6. In each case that the Clinton Cabinet considered cruise missile strikes, what was a decisive problem?
(a) Potential collateral damage.
(b) Absolute certainty as to bin Laden's location.
(c) Uncertainty of number of civilian deaths.
(d) Conflict against terrorism not a declared war.

7. Marwan al-Shehhi told which librarian thousands would die at the World Trade Center, but he did not seem serious?
(a) Heidi Pfennig.
(b) Angela Duile.
(c) Martha Schmidt.
(d) Lydia Himmler.

8. Six weeks after Massoud took Kabul, what was first on a list of strict rules imposed by religious police?
(a) Unmarried females could not appear in public alone.
(b) Women washing clothes in a river were sent home.
(c) Taxis must not stop for women without full burqa.
(d) Tailors displaying fashion magazines were jailed.

9. Madeleine Albright and who else declared publicly multiple times the U.S. would align with no side in Afghan's war?
(a) Richard Clarke, Karl F. "Rick" Inderfurth.
(b) Richard Clarke, Tom Simons.
(c) Karl F. "Rick" Inderfurth, Tom Pickering.
(d) Tom Pickering, Tom Simons

10. What is the purpose of the CIA?
(a) Prevent surprise attacks.
(b) Ensure the international security of U.S.
(c) Ensure security of presidents and cabinet.
(d) Ensure the domestic security of U.S.

11. By early 1999, Tenet was certain that bin Laden would be capable of striking the U.S. at what point?
(a) Spring 2000.
(b) Summer 1999.
(c) Winter 1999.
(d) Any time.

12. When Ziauddin fell from power, which CIA branch lost an ally?
(a) South Asia.
(b) Northern Asia.
(c) Central Asia.
(d) Western Asia.

13. Where did U.S. ships and submarines with missiles wait to receive the coordinates of bin Laden's location?
(a) Aral Sea.
(b) Arabian Sea.
(c) Caspian Sea.
(d) Andaman Sea.

14. How many casualties resulted in these two U.S. embassy attacks in Africa?
(a) Over 150 killed, over 600 injured.
(b) Over 100 killed, over 450 injured.
(c) Over 200 killed, over 4,000 injured.
(d) Over 300 killed, over 1,500 injured.

15. The CIA hired Afghan tribal fighters to find Kasi, who attacked Langley in 1993, and who is captured when?
(a) 21 December 1996.
(b) 15 June 1997.
(c) 29 June 1998.
(d) December 1997.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which former Clinton lobbyist was hired by Pervz Musharraf to assure the White House his outlook was liberal?

2. Where did the Hamburg cell, as it was known, coalesce?

3. The first CIA Northern Afghanistan Liaison Team (NALT-1) flew by what means from Dushanbe to the Panjshir Valley in 1997?

4. The CIA's Counterterrorist Center established a new office dedicated to bin Laden in what year?

5. How did the author describe Clinton's view of the CIA as an institution?

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