Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): History, Role & Purpose


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The Federal Bureau of Investigation was created under the presidency of _____.

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1. Which federal department supervises the Federal Bureau of Investigation?

2. One of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's responsibilities is the secret gathering of information for political, military, or police purposes. What is this responsibility called?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

During its history, the FBI has investigated many high-profile crimes, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the organization's history and its role in America.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Creation of the FBI
  • Who oversees the organization
  • FBI's main role and purpose
  • How the FBI is linked with the Civil Rights Act

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the history and role of the FBI
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the history and role of the FBI
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as the Civil Rights Act and intelligence as it relates to law enforcement
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding some of the FBI's most famous cases

Additional Learning

To learn more about the function of this American law enforcement agency, review the corresponding lesson on the History & Role of the FBI. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the organization's origin
  • Understand the role the FBI plays in the enforcement of the Civil Rights Act
  • Identify the FBI's main purpose and role
  • Define intelligence as it relates to the FBI and law enforcement