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Counter Intelligence Quiz

Test your knowledge of U.S. spies with this fun quiz.

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Test your knowledge of U.S. spies with this fun quiz.

1. According to the findings of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, which of the following was not a method the CIA considered using to kill Fidel Castro?

  • A poisoned wet suit.
  • An exploding seashell.
  • An anthrax-coated baseball.

2. Why was American Francis Gary Powers arrested by the Soviet Union in 1960?

  • Invasion of Soviet airspace.
  • Inciting unrest in Moscow.
  • Trying to climb the Berlin Wall.

3. Before his execution by the British, American Revolutionary spy Nathan Hale's last words were:

  • "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."
  • "I have not yet begun to fight."
  • "I shall return."

4. How much money did the CIA spend researching psychic phenomena between 1972 and 1977?

  • $50,000.
  • $750,000.
  • None.

5. What was the name of the machine the Nazis used to encrypt secret messages for transmission during World War II?

  • MANIAC.
  • ENIGMA.
  • MAGIC.

6. In a speech to the Republican Women's Club in Wheeling, West Virginia, Senator Joseph McCarthy claimed to have in hand a list of 205 State Department employees who were sympathetic to the Communist party. What did his "list" actually consist of?

  • Old bank statements.
  • A recipe for brownies.
  • Blank pages.

7. Prior to 1945, what was the name of Japan's secret police force?

  • Thought Police.
  • SMERSH.
  • Nikkei.

8. Corona was the first successful American reconnaissance satellite. How were the pictures taken by it retrieved?

  • They were fished from the ocean floor by submarine.
  • They were caught in midair by aircraft trailing enormous trapezes.
  • They were beamed back to a receiving station in Antarctica.

9. What was one of the suspicious activities that tipped the CIA off to double agent Aldrich Ames?

  • Cavorting with Russian women in Washington.
  • Depositing large sums of money in a Swiss bank account.
  • Purchasing a $540,000 house — in cash.

10. Which one of these commercial ventures is not housed in the Lubyanka, the KGB's former headquarters and prison in central Moscow?

  • Hair salon.
  • Museum.
  • Disco.

1. According to the findings of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, which of the following was not a method the CIA considered using to kill Fidel Castro?
An anthrax-coated baseball.

2. Why was American Francis Gary Powers arrested by the Soviet Union in 1960?
Invasion of Soviet airspace.

3. Before his execution by the British, American Revolutionary spy Nathan Hale's last words were:
"I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."

4. How much money did the CIA spend researching psychic phenomena between 1972 and 1977?
$750,000.

5. What was the name of the machine the Nazis used to encrypt secret messages for transmission during World War II?
ENIGMA.

6. In a speech to the Republican Women's Club in Wheeling, West Virginia, Senator Joseph McCarthy claimed to have in hand a list of 205 State Department employees who were sympathetic to the Communist party. What did his "list" actually consist of?
Blank pages.

7. Prior to 1945, what was the name of Japan's secret police force?
Thought Police.

8. Corona was the first successful American reconnaissance satellite. How were the pictures taken by it retrieved?
They were caught in midair by aircraft trailing enormous trapezes.

9. What was one of the suspicious activities that tipped the CIA off to double agent Aldrich Ames?
Purchasing a $540,000 house — in cash.

10. Which one of these commercial ventures is not housed in the Lubyanka, the KGB's former headquarters and prison in central Moscow?
Hair salon.

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