Is Your Personality More CIA or FBI?

Zoe Samuel

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About This Quiz

The CIA and the FBI share similar goals, but their missions and histories could not be further apart.

The FBI was founded more than 110 years ago, with Stanley Finch as its first director. At the time, terrorist attacks by Anarchists were on the rise, and the federal government needed a centralized agency to keep track of them and try to stop them. In time, the purpose of the FBI changed. The FBI took on the American mafia, and with the help of the Southern District of New York, helped prosecute the Five Families Case. It pursues cases of domestic terrorism, kidnapping, and even some cybercrime. Today, the FBI works to stop terrorism with the tools of domestic law enforcement, and it even stations a few officers overseas.

The CIA, on the other hand, came about after WW2 as a Cold War incarnation of the Office of Strategic Services, which was the American spy apparatus during WW2. The CIA isn't allowed to spy domestically, and thus most of the work they do in the USA is analysis. Their clandestine service agents travel the world in pursuit of intelligence which is sent back to Langley, Virginia, where the CIA makes sense of it and relays it to the White House, Department of Homeland Security, the military, and the FBI, as the case may be.

Do you think you're more of a G-man or more of a CIA spook? Now's the time to find out with this quiz!

How many languages do you speak fluently?

What's your worst physical issue?

How adept are you at code switching?

How good are you with paperwork?

How well do you deal with air travel?

How well do you know cultures from other lands?

Who do you view as the bigger threat: Americans or foreigners?

How much do you value a stable family life?

How would you describe your allergies?

What did you study in college?

If you were looking for a job in the private sector, what would you want to do?

In what office skill are you most skilled?

How good of a liar are you?

How likely is it you'd be able to keep your work secrets from your family?

How do you get when you are hit by a load of adrenaline?

How regimented is your daily routine?

Who do you think makes the best role model?

Would you be able to make do if you were dropped in the middle of a foreign country where you don't speak the language?

How patriotic are you?

Have you ever done government work before?

How quickly do you digest new information?

How well do you work as part of a team?

How much do you believe in the concept of justice?

With which of these objects are you most effective?

How are you with breaking the rules?

How tech savvy are you?

How patient are you?

Are you in it for the long haul?

Would you consider a future in politics?

What is your actual day job?

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