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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. The CIA fed what to Massoud's organization during the war with the Soviet Union?
(a) Large amounts of money .
(b) Large amounts of ammunition.
(c) Large amounts of drugs .
(d) Large amounts of gold .

2. Mir Amal Kasi was from a wealthy Pakistani family near Quetta who worked as a what?
(a) Interpreter.
(b) Courier.
(c) Singer.
(d) Ambassador.

3. Most embassy personnel in Islamabad awaited military dictator Mohammed Zia-ul-Haq's help, but he was doing what?
(a) Flower gardening.
(b) Hospitalized.
(c) Flying to the United Nations.
(d) Bike riding.

4. To what did the Saudis view the Soviet invasion as a threat?
(a) Saudi mineral wealth.
(b) Saudi oil wealth.
(c) Saudi gold wealth.
(d) Saudi industrial wealth.

5. In Chapter Five, what did CIA director William Casey advise President Ronald Reagan about their Afghanistan campaign?
(a) It was not yet finished.
(b) It had been successful.
(c) It had failed.
(d) It had been partially successful.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. Since Pakistan was close to having nuclear capability, American aid ended under what law?

3. In Chapter 10, whose views in the Department of State ran counter to those of the CIA at Langley?

4. 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?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How were the Panjshiris seen by 1994?

2. How did Ahmed Badeeb sneak through Pakistani customs with over $1.8 million in U.S. cash?

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

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

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

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

7. What were the major concerns of the U.S. embassy at Kabul in early 1988?

8. Why did the CIA Islamabad station hold a cautious view of Massoud as related in Chapter 8?

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

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