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Created: Dec 15, 2013
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Cause/Effect - Grade 12

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If you're in high school now and have thought about a career at the CIA, concentrate on improving your communication skills, specifically in writing and in speaking. Foreign language skills are a big plus, and you should have a strong academic record and be a US citizen.

Seriously, Just Say 'No'

As part of the hiring process, all future employees must successfully complete medical and polygraph examinations, as well as a thorough background investigation. These tests are necessary because, at the CIA, we set very high standards. Once hired, all of our intelligence officers – no matter which office they work in – must continue to live up to those standards. The CIA is a drug-free workplace and is proud to be an important part of the government's war on drugs.

Like most commercial businesses in the private sector, the CIA and other US intelligence agencies are extremely unlikely to hire an applicant if he or she has illegally or improperly used drugs or alcohol.

Young people don't always realize the consequences of their actions (after all, you're only young once). But these things can end any chance they have for CIA employment, in addition to damaging themselves physically and causing emotional damage to family and friends. If you're serious about a career in government work, make a pledge to yourself that you will not improperly or illegally use drugs or alcohol. In the US Intelligence Community, we define drugs as mood- or behavior-altering substances listed in the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 (e.g., marijuana, depressants, narcotics, stimulants, and hallucinogens), and inhalants and similar substances. Drug abuse is the use of an illegal drug or the use of a legal drug in a way that is different from the way a doctor or other medical person has directed.

For those of you who can pledge to stay away from illegally and improperly using drugs and alcohol, there are student opportunities immediately available at the CIA for the best and brightest.

(source: https://www.cia.gov/kids-page/6-12th-grade/getting-a-job-at-the-cia-1.html)
Grade 12 Cause and Effect CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.11-12.3, RST.11-12.3
A.
According to the passage, how can the use of illegal drugs or alcohol affect a career in the CIA?
  1. It makes a polygraph test inevitable.
  2. It requires the release of a medical authority.
  3. It ruins the chance of the agency'€™s employment.
  4. It makes it impossible to be hired by the government.
Grade 12 Cause and Effect CCSS: CCRA.R.5, RI.11-12.5, RST.11-12.5
B.
Why did the author state "you're only young once"?
  1. To point out that only young people are employed by the CIA.
  2. To indicate an awareness of common immature mistakes.
  3. To emphasize the connection between consequences and actions.
  4. To highlight the definition of what qualifies as an illegal substance.
Grade 12 Cause and Effect CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.11-12.3, RST.11-12.3
C.
What happens when a drug is used in a way different than directed by a physician?
  1. It qualifies as abuse.
  2. It becomes defined as illegal.
  3. It becomes a controlled substance.
  4. It alters emotional behavior.