Terrorist & Criminal Organizations as International Political Actors


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What is the key difference between a criminal act and an act of terrorism?

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1. What do you call a criminal organization whose activities affect more than one State?

2. The triads originated in which of the following countries?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These resources will help you check your knowledge of terrorist and criminal organizations around the globe. You will be quizzed on the characteristics of each type as well as specific organizations.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these online and printable tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • The definitions of an act of terrorism and a criminal act
  • Types of criminal organizations
  • Specific internationally-based criminal organizations
  • The key characteristics of terrorism

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - pull out the most important information from the discussion of international terrorist and criminal organizations
  • Distinguishing differences - discuss the differences between a criminal act and an act of terrorism
  • Critical thinking - apply what you have learned about international terrorism to discuss specific organizations in a different light

Additional Learning

To learn more about global terrorism and criminal networks, review the lesson called Terrorist & Criminal Organizations as International Political Actors. This lesson has the following objectives:

  • Examine what terrorism is
  • Understand the difficulty in defining terrorism
  • Explore specific examples of terrorist groups, such as Al-Qaeda and ISIS
  • Discuss crime organizations around the world, like the Italian mob and Nigerian drug traffickers