Do You Know These Stats About the FBI?

By: Monica Lee

Do You Know These Stats About the FBI?
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About This Quiz

Don't be surprised if the FBI has your fingerprints. If you've ever applied for a job, purchased a gun or applied for a driver's license, the FBI knows who you are. In fact, they have over 100 million fingerprints located in a huge data campus in Clarksburg, West Virginia. And to find a match, it only takes 12 minutes to go through all those prints. 

The statistics about the size of the FBI crime laboratory and the worldwide reach of the FBI are impressive. But let's face it, we all want to know about their investigations into UFOs and ESP (extrasensory perception)! This quiz won't let you down. You'll also learn what song was investigated for two years (yes, a song, not a person) and how J. Edgar Hoover total control over the bureau for 48 years resulted in changes to the structure of the FBI. 

You'll be happy to know that because of the Freedom of Information Act, you can now see the FBI file on yourself (if you have one). But confidentially, if you want to know more about who is compiling your file, satisfy your need for top-secret stats by taking this FBI quiz now. It's for your eyes only. 

When did the FBI go digital?
1980
1992
2000
2012
The most sophisticated electronic devices are to be expected at the bureau responsible for national security. However, they did not switch from paper files to computers until 2012. It would have been 2009, but there was a delay due to coding issues.

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How old is the ideal FBI candidate?
Between 18 and 23
Between 23 and 37
To become an FBI Special Agent, candidates should be between the ages of 23 and 37 and successfully complete a battery of physical tests, including a timed 300-meter sprint and push-ups.
Between 37 and 43
Between 43 and 55

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How many people does the FBI employ?
10,000
20,000
30,000
The FBI employs nearly 30,000 men and women, including 12,000 special agents. The agency relies on both foreign and domestic intelligence information to aid its anti-terror operations. However, as a law-enforcement authority, the FBI only has jurisdiction in interstate or federal crimes.
40,000+

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What is the most popular file in the FBI vault?
The file on Marilyn Monroe
The file on Dick Clark
The file on a UFO sighting
The file was an unconfirmed report from an Air Force investigator, which said, "They [the saucers] were described as being circular in shape with raised centers, approximately 50 feet in diameter. Each one was occupied by three bodies of human shape but only 3 feet tall, dressed in metallic cloth of a very fine texture."
The file on Steve Jobs

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How many files are available for you to read in the the vault due to the Freedom of Information Act?
1,000 or less
Approximately 10,000
Approximately 50,000
Approximately 70,000
There are 67,000 or more (there's more added all the time) files available to read in the FBI vault. From music icons and celebrities to organized crime, so many people were investigated by the FBI over the years.

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What is the FBI vault?
A reading room
The FBI vault is a high-tech electronic reading room that houses all kinds of bureau records released under the Freedom of Information Act.
A bank vault with recovered valuables
A secure room where conversations can't be recorded
A room that leads to an underground safe room

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When was this investigative arm created?
1908
The Bureau of Investigation (BOI) was created on July 26, 1908 and was renamed the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1935.
1930
1940
1950

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What minimum education requirement must be satisfied to be an FBI agent?
High school graduate
Bachelor's degree
FBI candidates must hold a four-year degree from a college or university accredited by one of the institutional associations recognized by the United States Secretary of Education.
Master's degree
Doctoral degree

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You've never committed a crime, but your fingerprints are in FBI's Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS). How is that?
Your fingerprints were required to get a job.
Your fingerprints were required to get a gun.
Your fingerprints were required to get a driver’s license.
All of the above
Yep, the FBI has your fingerprints in their Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS). This database of more than 100 million fingerprints is located in a huge data campus in Clarksburg, West Virginia.

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What is the most common evidence the FBI collects from crime scenes?
Blood samples
Fingerprints
Hair samples
More than 5,000 samples of human and animal hair have been collected from crime scenes. Investigators compare the hair to the cataloged hair on file to determine with relative certainty its ethnicity and from which part of the body it came.
Murder weapons

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What do Forensic Document Examiners do?
They examine charred and liquid-soaked documents to try to get information from them.
They are handwriting experts who work with suicide notes, contested wills and forgeries.
They reconstruct shredded documents.
All of the above
Forensic Document Examiners do all the above as well as decode tire tread and shoe prints and determine various office machines that may have created a document.

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How does the FBI choose the criminals to picture on the their Most Wanted list?
How heinous the crime was
The number of people killed during the crime
If they have any distinguishing features that could be recognized by the public
They're often chosen based on looks. According to New York Times reporter Michael S. Schmidt, "bureau officials…[try] to select…dangerous fugitives who…could be recognized by the public because they have distinctive physical features," such as a scar, multiple tattoos or a strangely shaped face.
All of the above

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Can you become an FBI agent if you have a past history of recreational drugs?
No
Yes
It depends on how long ago and what drug was used
If candidates haven't smoked pot for three years or used another illegal drug during the last ten years, they can apply for a position in the FBI.
It depends on if you're an alcoholic

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What song was investigated for more than a year by the FBI?
"Let It Be" by the Beatles
"I Can't Get No Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones
"Louie, Louie" by Richard Berry
This song was the subject of an FBI investigation that ran for more than two years during the mid-1960s because the FBI were concerned the lyrics were pornographic. Ultimately, the G-Men determined the lyrics were unintelligible.
"Take Me Home Country Road" by John Denver

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What food held great interest to the FBI in 2005 and 2006?
Hummus
Pita
Falafel
In 2005 and 2006, FBI checked grocery store records for falafel purchases to find Iranian secret agents. The thought was that a spike in falafel sales, combined with other data, would lead to Iranian secret agents in the south San Francisco-San Jose area.
Pomegranates

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In 1964, mafia capo Gregory Scarpa was recruited by the FBI to do what?
To identify other mafia members
To infiltrate the Klu Klux Klan
He was used to get information on the murders of three civil rights activists by the KKK using extrajudicial methods. He attained the location of the bodies by pistol whipping a Klansman and putting a gun in his mouth.
To become a drug dealer and provide information on drops
To get information on cops who would take bribes

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What movie was considered communist propaganda due to its anti-capitalist/banking themes?
"Cleopatra"
"Jailhouse Rock"
"It's a Wonderful Life"
In the 1940s, the FBI considered the movie "It's a Wonderful Life" communist propaganda due to its supposed subversive anti-capitalist/banking themes.
"Goldfinger"

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What types of tests are involved in gaining entry into the FBI?
Subject tests on a variety of topics
A writing test
A physical test
All of the above
Phase 1 Testing consists of a number of written tests. Those with specialized experience may also need to take additional tests to verify their expertise in the field. Phase 2 Testing includes a writing test and an in-person interview conducted by a panel of FBI Special Agents.

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The 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed claimed he had stuffed explosives where?
In garbage cans on the streets of New York City
In sewers on the streets of Washington, D.C.
In geese in Central Park
The 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed sent the FBI on a wild goose chase by claiming that some geese in Central Park had explosives stuffed inside them.
In mailboxes on the streets of Washington, D.C.

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What did the FBI send Martin Luther King Jr. in a letter in 1964 to intimidate him?
Physical threats if he spoke again
The names of all his friends and their address
A tape with recordings of King with women in various hotel rooms
In 1964, FBI sent Martin Luther King Jr. a letter along with a cassette that contained allegedly incriminating audio recordings of King with women in various hotel rooms.
The names of his family and extended family and where they lived

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Which of these people was considered a radical socialist by the FBI?
John F. Kennedy
Elvis
Cher
Helen Keller
Helen Keller was a radical socialist, and the FBI monitored her because of it.

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What other requirements are there to be accepted into the FBI?
A) FBI background check
B) Medical examination
C) Etiquette test
D) A & C
The FBI background check includes: a credit check; arrest check; polygraph examination and interviews with past employers, neighbors and personal and business references. The medical examination includes a vision and hearing test.

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These days, how many years can the director of the FBI remain in office?
4 years
8 years
10 years
Due to J. Edgar Hoover's abuse of power, directors of the FBI are now limited to 10 years in office.
No limit

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What was the name of the extreme surveillance program discovered by the Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI in 1971?
The Secret Service
Department of Homeland Security
Watergate
COINTELPRO
In 1971, the Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI broke into a FBI office in Pennsylvania and stole over 1000 documents and exposed the extreme surveillance program called COINTELPRO. The FBI shut down this program after documents were sent to the press.

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What kind of hours do people work in FBI?
As much as is required
40 hours a week
Agents can work 16 to 32 hours a week
All of the above
Depending on your position in the agency, you may work any of the listed hours. Today, the agency offers a part-time program, which allows an agent to work 16 to 32 hours a week for a better work/life balance.

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How effective is the FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted List in bringing about arrests or locations of criminals?
25%
46%
73%
94%
Since the program's inception, 465 of the 494 criminals who have made it into the top 10 have been apprehended or located. That's a 94 percent efficiency rate!

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When were woman allowed to serve as FBI agents?
A) In the 1920s
B) During Hoover's administration
C) After 1970
D) A & C
In the 1920s, three women served in the FBI. However, Hoover did not allow women to be agents. After Hoover’s death in 1972, the FBI Academy admitted two female agents-in-training and have been enlisting women ever since.

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What new investigative unit was added in 2004 to help the FBI identify fraud?
Document theft
Art theft
In 2004, the Bureau had one of the world's first art theft units. Its members, who learned how to identify fakes, have recovered more than 2,600 stolen items worth nearly $150 million.
Credit card fraud
All of the above

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Which of these critical skills will help an applicant move to the top of the pile?
Being an accountant
Being a lawyer
Being in finance
All of the above
There are actually 12 critical skills that will put your application at the top of the stack. Besides the above, these skills include foreign-language proficiency, engineering, intelligence experience, physical sciences experience, military experience and others.

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Which of these statements describes the FBI Crime Laboratory?
Employs 500 scientists
Provides forensic services to state, local and federal agencies
One of the largest crime laboratories in the world
All of the above
Although today it is one of the largest crime laboratories in the world, the FBI Laboratory started out as a one-man operation housed in a single room that doubled as a smoking lounge. Today, it employs 500 scientists and provides forensic services to state, local and federal agencies.

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When the FBI investigated ESP (extrasensory perception), what was learned?
A) It exists
B) It can be used as an espionage tool
C) There is a lack of scientific information to consider it
In the 1950s, several agents investigated extrasensory perception, or ESP, to analyze its potential as an espionage tool. The study was eventually dropped due to lack of scientific evidence.
D) A & B

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How much work experience is needed, at the minimum, to be an FBI agent?
One year
Two years
Three years
Candidates must have completed at least three years of professional work experience to apply for entry into the FBI.
Four or more years

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Which of these comprise the FBI organization?
56 domestic field offices
45 foreign posts
400 satellite offices
All of the above
The organization, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is field-oriented, maintaining a network of 56 domestic field offices, 45 foreign posts and 400 satellite offices (resident agencies).

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The designation that an assassination is a federal crime, and that the FBI has jurisdiction, came about due to which assassination?
John F. Kennedy
When President Kennedy was assassinated, President Lyndon B. Johnson called in FBI agents to investigate the murder, setting the precedent for future legislation that designated assassination as a federal crime and granted the agency jurisdiction in assassination cases.
John Lennon
Martin Luther King Jr.
Malcolm X

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What happens when the FBI seizes bitcoins?
They donate them to charity.
They give them to those in the department with hacking skills.
They just leave them since they don't have a way to keep them.
They put them in the FBI's bitcoin wallet.
The FBI maintains their own Bitcoin wallet that consists of seized Bitcoins. The FBI keeps up with the times.

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