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Test your knowledge of Osama Bin Laden

By Maryland Newsline
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2001

1. Where was Osama bin Laden born?

Saudi Arabia

2. Bin Laden was reportedly an heir to a $300 million fortune. His father got wealthy in what business?


3. How tall is Osama bin Laden?

5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 7 inches
6 feet to 6 feet 1 inch
6 feet 2 inches to 6 feet 3 inches
6 feet 4 inches to 6 feet 6 inches

4. Which war did Osama bin Laden fight in as a young adult?

Bosnian Civil War of 1992-94
Arab-Israeli war of 1973
Soviet-Afghanistan conflict of 1979-89
Iran-Iraq war of 1980-88

5. Bin Laden finds many problems with the Saudi government. If it does not correct these problems, he thinks the government should be overthrown. Which of the following is not one of its problems, according to bin Laden?

Officials run the country according to secular laws instead of Islamic laws.
Saudi's economic policies favor the U. S. economy rather than its own.
It has a monarchy.
Officials allow American troops in the country.

6. Bin Laden calls Americans terrorists for many reasons. Which of the following is one of the reasons?

Dropping the atomic bomb on Japan during World War II.
Supporting the mujaheddin in the Afghan-Soviet conflict.
Donating food to Afghanistan.
Fighting the Vietnam War.

7. What is the Islamic term for a ruling on Islamic law?


8. What should be the first priority of a Muslim, according to bin Laden?

Killing Americans

9. Which of the following is not promised to martyrs, according to bin Laden?

Marriage to 72 beautiful women in paradise.
The ability to intercede in heaven in behalf of 70 relatives.
Forgiveness of sins.
Freedom from work.

10. What is one of bin Ladenís goals?

To win back his familyís approval.
To expel Americans from the Middle East.
To avenge the deaths of Muslims due to American aggression.
Worldwide peace.



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Published 10/11/01; last updated: 04/12/06 12:04 PM


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