CIA: Definition, Facts & History


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When was the CIA created?

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1. What power to President George W. Bush give the CIA in 2001?

2. What was the major CIA controversy of the 1980s?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Launched to assist the president on issues of national security, the Central Intelligence Agency has a history of clandestine service, covert operations, and controversies. This lesson and quiz trace the origins of the agency, its role in international conflicts, and its evolving mission.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz on the CIA covers the following:

  • Facts on the agency's history
  • The CIA's role in government
  • The agency's use of technology
  • Past controversies
  • Post-9/11 changes

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access your comprehensive knowledge on the CIA
  • Interpreting information - make sure you understand the main points and facts in this overview of the CIA
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to explain the CIA's expanding role in national security issues

Additional Learning

For more information and details, read the lesson, CIA: Definition, Facts & History. The lesson covers the following goals:

  • Understand the origin of the CIA
  • Explain the agency's current expansion and focus
  • Describe some of the CIA's failures
  • Cite factors that have affected the CIA's role in global conflicts