Test Your Knowledge About Cold War! Trivia Facts Quiz

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How much do you know about the cold war? After World War II America and the Soviet Union and its Allies had a difficult time dealing with each other and since they couldn’t go to war, they fought in other ways such as imposing trade barriers. By taking this trivia facts quiz you will get to test your knowledge about cold war and reforms that were brought up. Give it a shot and see what you will learn.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What was the purpose of the Yalta Conference?

    • A.

      What to do with Japan after the war

    • B.

      What to do about the victims of the holocaust

    • C.

      What to do with Germany and Eastern Europe after the war

    • D.

      The creation of the League of Nations

    Correct Answer
    C. What to do with Germany and Eastern Europe after the war
    Explanation
    The purpose of the Yalta Conference was to discuss and determine the future of Germany and Eastern Europe after World War II. The leaders of the Allied powers, including Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin, met to decide on issues such as the division of Germany, the establishment of democratic governments in Eastern European countries, and the fate of war criminals. The conference played a significant role in shaping the post-war world and setting the stage for the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union.

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  • 2. 

    What event had an impact on the Potsdam Conference?

    • A.

      The surrender of Germany

    • B.

      The testing of the atomic bomb

    • C.

      The surrender of Japan

    • D.

      The start of the Cold War

    Correct Answer
    B. The testing of the atomic bomb
    Explanation
    The testing of the atomic bomb had an impact on the Potsdam Conference because it gave the United States a significant advantage in terms of military power. This led to a shift in the balance of power and influenced the negotiations and discussions at the conference. The atomic bomb demonstrated the destructive capabilities of nuclear weapons and affected the decision-making process regarding post-war policies and strategies.

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  • 3. 

    What was the iron curtain?

    • A.

      A wall built between East and West Berlin

    • B.

      A metaphorical separation between and the eastern and western Europe

    • C.

      Soviet Union defense against an invasion by the US

    • D.

      US defense against an invasion by the Soviet Union

    Correct Answer
    B. A metaphorical separation between and the eastern and western Europe
    Explanation
    The iron curtain refers to a metaphorical separation between eastern and western Europe. This term was popularized by Winston Churchill during the Cold War to describe the division between communist countries in the east, led by the Soviet Union, and the democratic countries in the west. It represented the ideological and political divide that existed between these two regions, with limited communication and movement between them. The physical wall built between East and West Berlin, known as the Berlin Wall, was a tangible manifestation of this metaphorical iron curtain.

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  • 4. 

    What was the program that would give American aid to nations threatened by Communism?

    • A.

      Marshall Plan

    • B.

      Roosevelt Doctrine

    • C.

      Truman Doctrine

    • D.

      Eisenhower Plan

    Correct Answer
    C. Truman Doctrine
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Truman Doctrine. The Truman Doctrine was a program initiated by President Harry S. Truman in 1947. It aimed to provide economic and military aid to nations that were threatened by communism, particularly in Europe. The doctrine was a response to the spread of Soviet influence and the fear of communist expansion. It marked a significant shift in US foreign policy towards a more proactive stance against communism, and it laid the foundation for future American interventions and aid programs.

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  • 5. 

    What was containment?

    • A.

      US policy to prevent the expansion of communism

    • B.

      Soviet Policy to prevent the expansion of capitalism

    • C.

      The US plan to help nations after WWII

    • D.

      The Soviet plan to help nations after WWII

    Correct Answer
    A. US policy to prevent the expansion of communism
    Explanation
    Containment refers to the US policy to prevent the expansion of communism. This policy was implemented during the Cold War era, with the belief that if communism could be contained and prevented from spreading to other countries, it would eventually collapse. The United States used various strategies, such as military alliances, economic aid, and diplomatic efforts, to counter the influence of the Soviet Union and prevent the spread of communism. This policy shaped US foreign policy for several decades and had a significant impact on global politics during the Cold War.

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  • 6. 

    What was the program that would rebuild economies and governments in Europe?

    • A.

      Eisenhower Plan

    • B.

      Marshall Plan

    • C.

      Roosevelt Doctrine

    • D.

      Truman Doctrine

    Correct Answer
    B. Marshall Plan
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the Marshall Plan. The Marshall Plan was a program initiated by the United States after World War II to provide financial assistance to European countries in order to rebuild their economies and governments. It aimed to promote stability and prevent the spread of communism in war-torn Europe. The plan was named after U.S. Secretary of State George Marshall, who proposed it in 1947.

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  • 7. 

    What kept the United States and the Soviet Union from going to a "hot" war?

    • A.

      The superior weapons of the west

    • B.

      The large number of communist soldiers

    • C.

      The mutually assured destruction of nuclear war

    • D.

      The financial cost of fighting the war

    Correct Answer
    C. The mutually assured destruction of nuclear war
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the mutually assured destruction of nuclear war. This refers to the understanding that if either the United States or the Soviet Union were to initiate a nuclear attack, the other country would retaliate with equal force, resulting in catastrophic destruction for both sides. This concept served as a deterrent and prevented either country from taking aggressive action that could escalate into a full-scale war.

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  • 8. 

    Which was not part of the Cold War?

    • A.

      Korean War

    • B.

      Vietnam War

    • C.

      Afghanistan War

    • D.

      Persian Gulf War

    Correct Answer
    D. Persian Gulf War
    Explanation
    The Persian Gulf War was not part of the Cold War. The Cold War was a period of political tension and military rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union, which lasted from the end of World War II until the early 1990s. The Korean War, Vietnam War, and Afghanistan War were all conflicts that were influenced by the Cold War, as they involved the two superpowers supporting opposing sides. However, the Persian Gulf War, which took place in 1990-1991, was a conflict between Iraq and a coalition of countries led by the United States, and it was not directly related to the ideological and geopolitical struggle of the Cold War.

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  • 9. 

    Which of the following was an example of brinkmanship in the Cold War?

    • A.

      Cuban Missile Crisis

    • B.

      Detente

    • C.

      Space Race

    • D.

      U-2 Incident

    Correct Answer
    A. Cuban Missile Crisis
    Explanation
    The Cuban Missile Crisis was an example of brinkmanship in the Cold War because it involved a direct confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union, bringing them to the brink of nuclear war. The United States discovered that the Soviet Union was placing nuclear missiles in Cuba, just 90 miles off the coast of Florida. In response, the US imposed a naval blockade around Cuba and demanded the removal of the missiles. This tense standoff lasted for 13 days, with both sides on the brink of launching a nuclear attack. Eventually, a peaceful resolution was reached through negotiations, but the crisis demonstrated the high stakes and dangerous brinkmanship of the Cold War.

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  • 10. 

    Which Soviet Union leader tried economic and political reforms?

    • A.

      Nikita Khrushchev

    • B.

      Leonid Brezhnev

    • C.

      Mikhail Gorbachev

    • D.

      Boris Yeltsin

    Correct Answer
    C. Mikhail Gorbachev
    Explanation
    Mikhail Gorbachev is the correct answer because he was the Soviet Union leader who implemented economic and political reforms. Gorbachev introduced policies such as perestroika (restructuring) and glasnost (openness), which aimed to modernize the Soviet economy and encourage political transparency. These reforms ultimately led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War.

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