Bipolar World: Post Cold War Quiz

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Take this quiz and get to know a few things that developed in the world due to the repercussions of the cold war. The developments that led to the creation of the divided globe or the bipolar world. Go ahead and answer as many questions as you can. All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which country below was NOT a permanent member of the UN Security Council in 1945 (at its formation)?

    • A.

      USA

    • B.

      USSR

    • C.

      Japan

    • D.

      China

    • E.

      UK

    Correct Answer
    C. Japan
    Explanation
    Japan was not a permanent member of the UN Security Council in 1945. The permanent members of the Security Council at its formation were the USA, USSR (now Russia), China, UK, and France. Japan was not included as a permanent member due to its involvement in World War II and its defeat in 1945.

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  • 2. 

    The acronym "M.A.D." stands for

    • A.

      Mutually Assured Defence

    • B.

      Massive Attack and Destruction

    • C.

      Military And Defence

    • D.

      Militarily Assured Destruction

    • E.

      Mutually Assured Destruction

    Correct Answer
    E. Mutually Assured Destruction
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Mutually Assured Destruction." This acronym refers to the Cold War doctrine that if two countries possess enough nuclear weapons to destroy each other, they will be deterred from launching a first strike due to the certainty of both sides suffering catastrophic consequences. This concept was a key component of the nuclear arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

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  • 3. 

    ICBMs are:

    • A.

      Nuclear powered submarines

    • B.

      Nuclear missiles capable of striking at long distances

    • C.

      Short range nuclear missiles

    • D.

      Conventional submarines

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Nuclear missiles capable of striking at long distances
    Explanation
    ICBMs, or Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles, are nuclear missiles capable of striking at long distances. These missiles are designed to be launched from one continent and reach targets on another continent. They are equipped with nuclear warheads and have the capability to travel thousands of miles in a short period of time, making them a significant deterrent in global military strategies.

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  • 4. 

    The U2 was:

    • A.

      A spy satellite launched by the Soviets in 1957

    • B.

      An American spy plane that was capable of flying great heights and distances.

    • C.

      An anti-missile defence system

    • D.

      An arms control treaty between the USA and USSR

    • E.

      A nuclear weapon

    Correct Answer
    B. An American spy plane that was capable of flying great heights and distances.
    Explanation
    The U2 was an American spy plane that was capable of flying great heights and distances. This high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft was used by the United States during the Cold War to gather intelligence on the Soviet Union and other potential adversaries. It was known for its ability to fly at extremely high altitudes, reaching heights of up to 70,000 feet, which made it difficult to detect and intercept. The U2 played a significant role in gathering critical intelligence during this period and was involved in several notable incidents, including the famous U2 incident in 1960.

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  • 5. 

    The Soviets launched ______ in 1957 which caused a lot of freaking out in the USA.

    • A.

      Sputnik

    Correct Answer
    A. Sputnik
    Explanation
    In 1957, the Soviets launched Sputnik, which caused a lot of freaking out in the USA. Sputnik was the world's first artificial satellite and its launch marked the beginning of the Space Age. This event was significant because it demonstrated Soviet technological superiority and raised concerns about national security in the United States. The launch of Sputnik led to increased funding for science and technology education in the US and ultimately fueled the space race between the two superpowers.

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  • 6. 

    The significance of the Soviet space program's advances over the US was... (check all that apply)

    • A.

      It showed that the Soviets were able to make a nuclear strike deep into US territory.

    • B.

      The Soviets would be able to retaliate against an American nuclear attack.

    • C.

      Americans were losing the "monkeys in space" race.

    • D.

      Communism was triumphing over capitalism

    • E.

      None of the above.

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. It showed that the Soviets were able to make a nuclear strike deep into US territory.
    B. The Soviets would be able to retaliate against an American nuclear attack.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that the Soviet space program's advances showed that the Soviets were able to make a nuclear strike deep into US territory and that they would be able to retaliate against an American nuclear attack. This is because the development of space technology demonstrated the Soviets' ability to launch intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that could reach the US, thus posing a significant threat. This increased the tension between the two superpowers during the Cold War and led to an arms race.

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  • 7. 

    The name Gary Powers is important because:

    • A.

      He led the attack on the Bay of Pigs.

    • B.

      He led the Los Angeles Rams to their 3rd straight super bowl.

    • C.

      He was Eisenhower's VP.

    • D.

      He was shot down over the USSR.

    • E.

      None of the above.

    Correct Answer
    D. He was shot down over the USSR.
    Explanation
    The name Gary Powers is important because he was shot down over the USSR. This event, known as the U-2 incident, occurred in 1960 when Powers, an American pilot, was flying a U-2 spy plane over Soviet territory. His plane was hit by a surface-to-air missile and Powers was captured by the Soviets. This incident heightened tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

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  • 8. 

    NATO and the Warsaw Pact were examples of or attempts at..

    • A.

      Trading blocks

    • B.

      Currency Zones

    • C.

      Collective Security

    • D.

      Nationalism

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Collective Security
    Explanation
    NATO and the Warsaw Pact were examples of collective security because they were military alliances formed by different countries to provide mutual defense and deterrence against potential aggression. These alliances aimed to promote stability and protect the member states from external threats by committing to the principle of collective defense, where an attack on one member would be considered an attack on all. This approach sought to prevent conflicts and maintain peace through cooperation and shared responsibility among the member nations.

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  • 9. 

    (check all that apply) Countries in the Warsaw Pact included...

    • A.

      USSR

    • B.

      Poland

    • C.

      East Germany

    • D.

      Yugoslavia

    • E.

      Czechoslovakia

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. USSR
    B. Poland
    C. East Germany
    E. Czechoslovakia
    Explanation
    The correct answer is USSR, Poland, East Germany, and Czechoslovakia. These countries were all members of the Warsaw Pact, which was a military alliance formed by the Soviet Union and its Eastern European satellite states during the Cold War. Yugoslavia, however, was not a member of the Warsaw Pact.

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  • 10. 

    The 5 permanent members of the UN security council have this power which sometimes prevents the organisation from taking any real action...

    • A.

      Bad breath

    • B.

      Obfuscation

    • C.

      Fillibuster

    • D.

      Gerrymnder

    • E.

      Veto

    Correct Answer
    E. Veto
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Veto." The 5 permanent members of the UN security council, namely the United States, Russia, China, France, and the United Kingdom, possess the power of veto. This means that any one of these countries can block or reject a resolution, even if it has the support of the majority of the council. This power sometimes hinders the organization from taking effective action, as a single veto can prevent the passing of a resolution.

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