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A Multiple Choice Test for the State Department


Having become quite proficient at making up tests lately, and in light of the reports that July was the deadliest month for U.S. and allied forces, in Afghanistan, I've come up with a multiple choice exam for the State Department:

On a separate sheet of paper, please answer the following questions by circling the correct response:

1. The United States is engaged in Afghanistan to:

(a) fight the Taliban

(b) fight Al Qaeda

(c) fight the Taliban and Al Qaeda

(d) none of the above


2. Osama bin Laden is, or was, a member of which group:

(a) the Taliban

(b) Al Qaeda

(c) the Coalition to Avoid Unwanted Pregnancy

(d) AARP


3. An "exit strategy" is:

(a) a sign over the emergency exit on an aircraft

(b) a symptom of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

(c) a form of contraception

(d) a game plan to end occupation of a sovereign state.


4. The term diplomacy applies to all of the following except:

(a) talk as a method of problem solving

(b) travel to hold meetings with foreign heads of state

(c) air strikes, and pummeling of civilians a.k.a. collateral damage

(d) searching for common ground


5. By the year 2020, the U.S.will be:

(a) out of Iraq and Afghanistan

(b) in North Korea, and Iran

(c) in Pakistan

(d) in outer space

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