Overla - International Relations During The Cold War

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International Relation Quizzes & Trivia

Short quiz dealing with American - Soviet relations from WWII up until the fall of communism and the Soviet Union in the early 1990's.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    When Winston Churchill mentioned that "an iron curtain has descended across the continent" he was referring to
    • A. 

      The fact that Adolph Hitler and his Stormtroopers had taken control of most of Europe and that the Allies needed help regaining control of the land that Hitler had overtaken.

    • B. 

      The fact that Mao Zedong and the Chinese Communists had taken control of mainland China and that democracy would not take hold in China, or anywhere in Southeast Asia for that matter.

    • C. 

      The fact that the Soviet Union had taken control of eastern Europe and that western European allies were under the threat of communist takeover as well.

  • 2. 
    When one talks of the ideological differences between the United States and the Soviet Union they are more than likely talking about
    • A. 

      The differences that separate the two superpowers politically, American democracy and Soviet communism

    • B. 

      The differences that existed between the way that the United States and the Soviet Union each handled human rights issues.

    • C. 

      Nothing, because there were no ideological differences between the United States and the Soviet Union

  • 3. 
    According to the text, the Soviet Union lost nearly 20 million people during the Second World War and its countryside was virtually destroyed.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    Which of the following can be attributed to the Marshall Plan (please check all that apply - more than one answer)
    • A. 

      The United States provided 12.5 billion dollars in economic and military aid to Western Europe

    • B. 

      The Marshall Plan helped to reduce the power of communist parties in western Europe by strengthening existing governments

    • C. 

      Under the terms of the Marshall plan, if the United States were attacked, it would rely on the military support of 16 other western European nations to come to its support

    • D. 

      The Marshall Plan helped western Europe to become more politically and economically connected to the United States

    • E. 

      All of the above are true

  • 5. 
    In 1947, President Truman announced in a speech to Congress that "it must be the policy of the United States to support free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by armed oppression."  This was part of the
    • A. 

      Domino Theory

    • B. 

      Marshall Plan

    • C. 

      Truman Doctrine

    • D. 

      Monroe Doctrine

  • 6. 
    Which of the following can be attributed to the Berlin Airlift?  (check all that apply - more than one answer)
    • A. 

      The Soviet army blockaded all land transportation into Berlin

    • B. 

      The United States airlifted more than a million tons of food and fuel into the city

    • C. 

      The Soviets forced the United States and its allies, Great Britain and France, out of Berlin

    • D. 

      The United States

  • 7. 
    NATO was historically the first military alliance that the United States had ever joined.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    In 1955, the Soviet Union and 7 other eastern European nations formed the military alliance known as the Warsaw Pact, a counteralliance to NATO.  Which of the following responses represents the correct nations belonging to the Warsaw Pact?
    • A. 

      Albania, Hungary, Romania, Canada

    • B. 

      Poland, Romania, Luxembourg, East Germany

    • C. 

      Soviet Union, Poland, Romania, Hungary

    • D. 

      Soviet Union, Hungary, Albania, Greece

  • 9. 
    Which of the following countries would fall under the sphere of influence for the United States:
    • A. 

      Cuba, France, Great Britain, China

    • B. 

      Great Britain, France, Iceland, Canada

    • C. 

      France, Poland, Hungary, China

    • D. 

      Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Czech Republic

  • 10. 
    During the 1950's, this country became the first real test to President Truman's policy of containment, a policy that stated the US would do practically anything to prevent communism from spreading outside the Soviet sphere of influence.
    • A. 

      Greece

    • B. 

      Turkey

    • C. 

      Vietnam

    • D. 

      Korea

  • 11. 
    In 1961, the United States and the Soviet Union were well on their way to destroying humankind during a little event called the Cuban Missile Crisis.  Name the two leaders at the center of this issue.
    • A. 

      John F. Kennedy and Mikhail Gorbachev

    • B. 

      Ho Chi Minh and Jimmy Carter

    • C. 

      Nikita Khruschev and John F. Kennedy

    • D. 

      Richard M. Nixon and Mao Zedong

  • 12. 
    During the 1950's and 1960's, many western leaders were accutely aware that communism was spreading throughout the continents of Asia and eastern Europe.  These leaders were worried because it seemed as though one country after another were falling under the Soviet sphere of influence and they thought that perhaps eventually, they would too.  These leaders were fighting what they referred to as the
    • A. 

      Domino Effect

    • B. 

      Containment Policy

    • C. 

      Marshall Plan

    • D. 

      Truman Doctrine

  • 13. 
    One program that the United States used with some effect in its war against communism in Central America was an economic aid program that provided funds for roads, schools, hospitals and water projects.  This program was called
    • A. 

      United Nations

    • B. 

      Peace Corps

    • C. 

      Job Corps

    • D. 

      Alliance for Progress

  • 14. 
    A.   Describe the Marshall Plan - what was it, how was it used, what were its stipulations or rules AND b.   Do you think that the Marshall Plan was a good piece of foreign policy legislation?  Why or why not
  • 15. 
    Using the State Fair model that I explained in class, discuss the difference between communism and capitalism AND explain why you think one is superior to the other
  • 16. 
    The United States government has spent trillions of dollars in the past enforcing its "containment policy".  This policy has cost money, time, effort and lives.  In your opinion, has all of this effort been worth the price that we have paid.  Explain your position.