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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. When was the treaty for the Soviet withdrawal signed in Geneva?

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

3. Like all students at the time while attending Kabul Polytechnic Institute, what did Massoud have a choice between?

4. There were how many direct contacts between a CIA officer and bin Laden in the 1980s?

5. Not long after they formed, the Taliban captured what city?

Short Essay Questions

1. By early 1999, what was Tenet's view about the possibility bin Laden might again attack America?

2. How was bin Laden described as having viewed himself in Chapter 21?

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

4. What was the last action by the U.S. described in the book?

5. How was Clinton's visit to Pakistan among the strangest that presidential history has to offer?

6. Why were Clarke and his counter-terrorism group at the White House frustrated by late spring in 2000?

7. How had the U.S. intelligence arms switched their focus by 1998?

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

9. How did the "bin Laden Issue Station" evolve?

10. Why did Schroen encounter difficulty recovering CIA Stinger missiles from the Taliban?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What reasonably should have been expected to have been done differently regarding American policy to al-Qaeda during the months that led up to 11 September 2001?

Essay Topic 2

What were the methods and means employed by this CIA to disrupt, capture, and kill Osama bin Laden subsequent to his return to Afghanistan in the late 1990s?

Essay Topic 3

The book's title specifies the span of time in which the Ghost Wars transpired, but who were the ghosts and what were these conflicts referenced?

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