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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Dr. Mohammed Rabie al-Zawahiri was a professor of pharmacology at what university in 1960?
(a) Cairo University.
(b) Misr University.
(c) Ain Shams University.
(d) Al-Azhar University.

2. When was Mahfouz Azzam arrested following the assassination of Prime Minister Ahmed Mahir?
(a) 1953.
(b) 1945.
(c) 1975.
(d) 1962.

3. When did Ayman al-Zawahiri's father die?
(a) 1979.
(b) 2001.
(c) 1995.
(d) 1984.

4. When did the rule of Islamic clerics formally end following the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire?
(a) 1932.
(b) 1924.
(c) 1929.
(d) 1919.

5. Whom did Prince Turki marry?
(a) Princess Iffat Al-Thunayan.
(b) Princess Al Bandari bint Abdulaziz al-Saud.
(c) Princess Nour bint Fahd al-Saud.
(d) Princess Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz

6. What position was Prince Saud given by his father for the kingdom?
(a) Foreign Minister.
(b) Spymaster.
(c) Minister of Agriculture.
(d) Finance Minister.

7. How many children did Osama bin Laden have in 1992?
(a) 30.
(b) 17.
(c) 15.
(d) 26.

8. What is the name of the quiet middle-class suburb where Ayman al-Zawahiri grew up?
(a) El Shorouk.
(b) Maadi.
(c) New Heliopolis.
(d) Obour.

9. Who did Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri believe to be "the single great competitor for bin Laden's attention" (130)?
(a) Sheikh Abdullah Azzam.
(b) Abdul Rasul Sayyaf.
(c) Sayyed Imam Al-Sharif.
(d) Essam Deraz.

10. When did Dan Coleman join the FBI as a file clerk?
(a) 1973.
(b) 1976.
(c) 1959.
(d) 1979.

11. What prep school did Prince Turki attend?
(a) St. Peter's Prep School.
(b) Christian Brothers Academy.
(c) The Delbarton School.
(d) The Lawrenceville School.

12. When did the Six Day War take place?
(a) 1979.
(b) 1973.
(c) 1967.
(d) 1965.

13. Who was the Time magazine senior editor that was being questioned by the House Un-American Activities Committee when Sayyid Qutb arrived in the U.S.?
(a) Whittaker Chambers.
(b) Patrick Fitzgerald.
(c) Kenneth Karas.
(d) Alfred Kinsey.

14. When did Sayyid Qutb travel to New York from Egypt on a cruise ship to study?
(a) 1953.
(b) 1962.
(c) 1975.
(d) 1948.

15. When didi Crown Prince Faisal formally abolish slavery?
(a) 1962.
(b) 1965.
(c) 1949.
(d) 1959.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where did Azza (Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri's wife) set up housekeeping in Pakistan?

2. Who had signed an order for Sayyid Qutb's arrest, leading him to travel to the U.S. as a student?

3. Who was the vice president of Egypt that offered Ayman al-Zawahiri and his brother Mohammed a ride home from the mosque?

4. When did Ramzi Yousef detonate a truck bomb in the parking lot of the World Trade Center?

5. How much money did Jamal al-Fadl supposedly steal from bin Laden when he ran away from his employ?

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