Could You Be a Spy for the CIA?

By: Marie Hullett
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About This Quiz

It's easy to romanticize being a spy for the Central Intelligence Agency. In movies like The Bourne Ultimatum, spies brandish a wide variety of flashy gadgets and weapons in their arsenal, partake in high-speed car chases, and entice awe from bystanders as they take down bad guys. They race across rural rooftops, don clever disguises in five-star hotels and fool foreign dignitaries with cunning charm. They wear slick suits and even fall in love. But in real life? A career in the CIA takes a lot of hard work and dedication - often, with little public recognition for your efforts. 

You don't need to be a superhero to be a spy for the CIA, but there is an extensive list of traits that the agency looks for to ensure top-notch candidates. They tend to look for strong-willed individuals, people who are proud to call themselves patriots, and those with street smarts and scholarly intelligence alike. 

Unfortunately, knowing every episode of Homeland by heart won't be enough to cut it at the national agency. So, do you have what it takes to be a spy for the CIA? 

You have to make a difficult, life-or-death decision - and fast. How do you react?

How many languages do you speak?

What is your level of formal education?

You just achieved a major, very impressive goal at work! However, you can't tell your friends and family. How do you feel?

What do you think about your country?

Are you an American citizen?

Your new job informs you that you must pack up and move right away. What do you think?

How up-to-date are you on current events?

Would you consider yourself a good actor?

Are you an optimist, pessimist or a realist?

What matters most to you?

It's time for gym class! Where do you stand?

How comfortable are you with lying?

There are three people talking in a room, and you need to sneak by them without being noticed. Can you do it?

Are you a people person?

Do you like to be challenged at work?

Can you shoot a gun?

Do you have a criminal history?

Do you have any significant foreign ties to U.S. enemies?

Have you used illegal drugs?

How is your financial situation?

Would you agree to take a polygraph test for a job interview?

How good are you at reading others?

Do any of your family members have a criminal history?

Have you ever fallen for a scam?

Have you traveled out of the country much?

What did the doctor say at your last physical?

How skilled are you in hand-to-hand combat?

Your friend's computer is broken. Can you fix it?

Do people turn to you to help them solve their problems?

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