The Cold War

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Cold War Quizzes & Trivia

This is a quiz about the global power struggle between the Soviet Union and the United States that took place between from 1945 to 1989.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Most Historians mark which of the following years as the beginning of the Cold War?
    • A. 

      1918

    • B. 

      1989

    • C. 

      1945

    • D. 

      1939

  • 2. 
    Before the Cold War the Soviets and Americans were allies in a war against
    • A. 

      Russia

    • B. 

      Nazi Germany

    • C. 

      China

    • D. 

      Al-Queda

  • 3. 
    In the early 1950's American communists..
    • A. 

      Almost overthrew the United States government.

    • B. 

      Were tolerated and accepted because Americans wanted to uphold their democratic values.

    • C. 

      Were ostracized and black listed.

    • D. 

      Were the most popular political party.

  • 4. 
    The Korean War ended with
    • A. 

      The Communists being pushed off of the Korean peninsula.

    • B. 

      Technically the War has never ended.

    • C. 

      A peace treaty that left the Korean peninsula divided at the 38th parallel.

    • D. 

      Americans evacuating in helicopters as Vietcong tanks invaded the embassy.

  • 5. 
    This famous picture shows
    • A. 

      The Berlin Airlift.

    • B. 

      The Enola Gay on its way to bomb Hiroshima.

    • C. 

      American children hanging out on a air force base.

    • D. 

      A Soviet bomber flying over Berlin.

  • 6. 
    How did the American Civil Rights Movement relate to the Cold War?
    • A. 

      The Soviets used the persecution of African Americans as propoganda against the United States.

    • B. 

      American politicians realized they could't espouse democracy abroad if they didn't practice it at home.

    • C. 

      Martin Luther King was opposed to African Americans fighting for freedom abroad while they endured segragation at home.

    • D. 

      All of the above.

  • 7. 
    The Soviets were the first to
    • A. 

      Walk on the moon.

    • B. 

      Orbit a satellite.

    • C. 

      Develop a nuclear weapon.

    • D. 

      All of the above.

  • 8. 
    Which Soviet leader does President Kennedy address in this video?
    • A. 

      Joseph Stalin

    • B. 

      Mikkail Gorbachev

    • C. 

      Nikita Khrushchev

    • D. 

      Vladimir Lenin

  • 9. 
    All of the following were objectives of President Nixon's foreign policy except
    • A. 

      Pursue a missle defense system nicknamed "star wars".

    • B. 

      De-escalate the war in Vietnam.

    • C. 

      Develop closer relations with China.

    • D. 

      Bomb Cambodia to disrupt Vietcong supply routes.

  • 10. 
    The soviet union's invasion of this country resulted in a quagmire that has been called "the Soviets' Vietnam".
    • A. 

      Afghanistan

    • B. 

      Chechnya

    • C. 

      Germany

    • D. 

      The Czech Republic

  • 11. 
    The Cold War finally ended because
    • A. 

      Mikail Gornachev wanted to reform and open up his country.

    • B. 

      The arms race and military campaign in Central Asia had left the Soviet union bankrupt.

    • C. 

      Ronald Reagan and Mikail Gorbachev were able to establish a special relationship.

    • D. 

      All of the above.

  • 12. 
    The end of the Cold War is marked by
    • A. 

      The Union of North and South Korea.

    • B. 

      The execution of the Russian royal family.

    • C. 

      V-E Day.

    • D. 

      The fall of the Berlin Wall.