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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. By September 1994, which two nations stopped funding activities in Afghanistan?
(a) Iran, Yemen.
(b) U.S., Yemen.
(c) Russia, U.S.
(d) Iran, Russia.

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

3. 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) State Department call for a successor to him.
(c) Soviet decision to pull out of Afghanistan.
(d) Tiananmen Square protests.

4. 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?
(a) 2 July 1994.
(b) 5 June 1993.
(c) 4 November 1996.
(d) 8 February 1995.

5. 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) CIA.
(b) FBI.
(c) DIA.
(d) DIA.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where was a champagne party held when the last Soviet troops left Afghanistan?

2. When was there a meeting in Moscow in which the Soviets decided to pull out of Afghanistan within a year or two?

3. Mir Amal Kasi was from a wealthy Pakistani family near Quetta who worked as a what?

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

5. When was Bin Laden in Saudi Arabia to promote radical Islamic policies that irritated the government that he had to leave?

Short Essay Questions

1. How was it, as related in Chapter 9, that the Pakistani ISI allied with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar as a means of isolating and defeating rival commanders about Kabul?

2. How did the Soviets view the war in Afghanistan initially?

3. Where were Schroen's assignments in the decade subsequent to the embassy riots in Islamabad in 1979?

4. How were the Panjshiris seen by 1994?

5. How did Peter Tomsen's role differ when he took over the position Ed McWilliams held in late 1989?

6. How did Chapter 1 open for William Putscher?

7. What joke quickly circulated about James Woolsey, the CIA director, being unable to get an appointment with Clinton?

8. Why did Schroen roll the jeep into the lake at the end of Chapter 1?

9. What was their response when Tomsen sought Saudi funding to reinforce his alternative "shura" composed of independent rebel Afghan commanders outside ISI control, but where Massoud held a strong role within the movement?

10. How had the city of Peshawar evolved by late 1986?

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