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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. In 1996, who was concerned enough about Bin Laden to set up a unit of about a dozen officers that would monitor him and plan operations against him?
(a) The INS.
(b) The FBI.
(c) The FAA.
(d) The CIA.

2. KSM stated that his hatred of the U.S. stemmed not from his experience there as a student, but from his disagreement with U.S. policy towards the ___________.
(a) Africans.
(b) Palestinians.
(c) Koreans.
(d) Germans.

3. When did Bin Laden first warn of potential attacks against the U.S.?
(a) 1992.
(b) 1980.
(c) 1995.
(d) 1998.

4. From the end of WWII until the late 1960s, the FBI operated, in part, as a kind of ________ ________ service.
(a) Domestic intelligence.
(b) Domestic dispute.
(c) International dispute.
(d) International intelligence.

5. What federal government was perhaps the least well-equipped branch of government to deal with terrorism?
(a) Mayor.
(b) Congress.
(c) U.S. military.
(d) Judicial branch.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where did American Airlines Flight 11 crash?

2. By 1991, bin Laden had forged alliances with Muslim terrorist groups and succeeded in recruiting _________ Muslims for terrorist attacks against U.S. targets.

3. By 1997, the CIA's Bin Laden unit knew that al-Qaeda was planning attacks against __________ interests and was actively seeking nuclear materials.

4. What happened to United Airlines Flight 93?

5. Who was to blame for the August 7, 1998 East Africa embassy bombings?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the "Hamburg Group" instructed by Bin Laden to do? What did the "Hamburg Group" end up doing instead? Why did the "Hamburg Group" not do what Bin Laden instructed them to do?

2. In early August 1999, the FAA's Civil Aviation Security Intelligence office summarized the Bin Laden hijacking threat. Why did the FAA analysts judge such an operation unlikely?

3. Who established the "Islamic Army Shura"? Where was the "Islamic Army Shura" established and what was it to serve?

4. The Commission's investigation showed that there were two systemic weaknesses that came together in our border system's inability to contribute to an effective defense against the 9/11 attacks. Describe these weaknesses.

5. Why was Bin Laden convinced that America was a "paper tiger" similar to the Soviet Union?

6. What were the two classifications of the 9/11 hijackers?

7. How did the State Department plan to end the Afghan Civil War?

8. As the year 2000 approached, what were the U.S. citizens concerned with?

9. What event gave people inside the WTC the impression that rooftop rescues were part of the WTC evacuation plan?

10. Where did President Bush address the nation after the 9/11 attacks? What did he tell the world during this address?

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