The September 11 Attacks Quiz

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On Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America altered the world's political and military landscape. How much do you really know about the history of these atrocities?

Who was the operational mastermind of the 9/11 attacks?

He hated the United States' support of Israel and wanted to make Americans suffer. Mohammed claimed he planned the attacks "from A to Z."


Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's plan originally called for crashing how many planes?

He also wanted to strike targets on both the East and West coasts. But bin Laden convinced him that 10 planes was too risky.


After the South Tower of the World Trade Center was hit, how long did it remain standing before finally collapsing?

The impact's severity greatly affected the structure. After only about 80 minutes, the tower fell.


Why did al-Qaida select only cross-country flights for their plan?

Missiles need explosives to be effective. Cross-country flights load up on far more fuel than those making shorter trips.


How many total hijackers took part in the 9/11 attacks?

They were all of Middle Eastern descent and determined to carry out their plan. All 19 died.


How many people died at the World Trade Center as a result of the attacks?

It was the worst death toll ever for an attack on American soil. In New York alone, the count was 2,751.


Although the country had few links to al-Qaida and no connection to 9/11, American leaders used supposed evidence of what to invade Iraq?

Turns out, the evidence was greatly exaggerated or even fabricated. There were no weapons of mass destruction to be found.


On the morning on Sept. 11, 2001, at what time did the FAA order every plane in American airspace to land?

The first tower that was struck hadn't even collapsed yet, but by 9:45 a.m. the FAA wanted to make sure no more planes were hijacked.


On which of the four hijacked planes did passengers fight back against the terrorists?

It became a major motion picture. Flight 93 passengers heard about the other planes via cell phones and decided to take matters into their own hands.


Near which city did Flight 93 crash?

Shanksville is just a small town. It will feature a national memorial honoring those who suffered on 9/11.


Minus the hijackers, how many passengers were aboard Flight 93?

The plane was well under its 182-person capacity that morning, with only 33 people on board. Seven crew members also died.


What was the intended target of Flight 93 before passengers interrupted the hijackers' plans?

Initially, the plane was headed toward the U.S. Capitol, although the exact target is uncertain.


After the attacks, how much time passed before America launched a full-scale war against terrorism?

America had the world's sympathies on its side, greasing the rails for a quick invasion of Afghanistan after less than a month.


Before they attacked the terrorists, what did passengers aboard Flight 93 do?

In true democratic fashion, the passengers took a vote. They foiled the terrorists' plans but lost their own lives in the process.


What was the primary weapon of the hijackers?

They critically injured passengers and crew members to frighten other people on board, but all they used were small knives.


How long did it take for Osama bin Laden to admit his part in the 9/11 attacks?

He repeatedly denied his involvement, but the evidence indicated otherwise. After three years, bin Laden admitted helping with the 9/11 plot.


The CIA finally found bid Laden in 2011. How long did they track his courier before pinpointing bin Laden's location?

Bin Laden's courier was justifiably careful not to reveal his leader's location, but after four years, the CIA found al-Qaida's figurehead.


How many gallons/liters of jet fuel was Flight 93 carrying as it crashed?

About 7,000 gallons of fuel were on board, enough to cause a huge fireball as the plane crashed.


What's the name of the Pakistani town where bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces?

The city is also where many Pakistani military forces are based. Abbottabad featured a large compound where bin Laden supposedly hid for years.


About how long did the secret, quick-strike mission to kill bin Laden last?

The mission was complicated by a malfunctioning helicopter, but the SEALs still completed the job in about 40 minutes.


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