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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. At what point was the CIA allowed to begin operations in Afghanistan using Zia's intelligence service as an intermediary?
(a) July 1979.
(b) January 1979.
(c) December 1979.
(d) March 1979.

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?
(a) 2000s.
(b) 1980s.
(c) 1990s.
(d) 1970s.

3. The CIA and ISI planned another offensive to build the strength of Massoud and other rebel leaders that called for them to take Kabul in which winter?
(a) 1988-1989.
(b) 1989-1990.
(c) 1990-1991.
(d) 1987-1988.

4. 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) Madeleine Albright.
(c) William Milam.
(d) Edmund McWilliams.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Massoud's group protect?

2. The CIA-sponsored rebels were facing what type of constant Soviet attacks in 1986?

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

4. Benazir Bhutto told America it would bring peace to the nation, but did not tell them about aid to the Taliban from where?

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?

Short Essay Questions

1. What were some of Benazir Bhutto's goals when elected for a second term as Pakistan's prime minister?

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

3. How did the Prologue to Ghost Wars open?

4. How was Paul Pillar described when he arrived at the Counterterrorist Center in Chapter 14?

5. From which stations did the CIA maintain the greatest amount of detailed intelligence collected regarding Middle Eastern radical Islamic movements during the early 1990s?

6. Why did Ahmed Shah Massoud join the Muslim Youth Organization while he was a student at Kabul Polytechnic Institute?

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

8. How were the rebels trained to clear Soviet-laid minefields around Jalalabad?

9. 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?

10. In the opening of Chapter 5, what did CIA director William Casey relay to President Ronald Reagan in January 1984?

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