Ultimate Cold War Quiz

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Cold War Quizzes & Trivia

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  • 1. 
    What action did General MacArthur take during the Korean War that immediately led to his discharge?
    • A. 

      suggested that nuclear arms be used against North Korea

    • B. 

      Was unable to stop the South Korean capital of Seoul from being captured

    • C. 

      Attempted to use the press and Congress to go over the president's head

    • D. 

      Allowed the Korean War to escalate to a war between China and the United States

  • 2. 
    What is the practice of trying to achieve an advantageous outcome by pushing dangerous events to the brink of active conflict? This was an effective tactic during the Cold War because neither side wanted to be destroyed by the other in a nuclear war.
    • A. 

      Brinkmanship

    • B. 

      Advantageous proclamation

    • C. 

      Bipartisan politics

    • D. 

      Détente

  • 3. 
    This is an organization of nations set up after World War II, including both of the superpowers.
    • A. 

      United Nations

    • B. 

      Warsaw Pact

    • C. 

      NATO

    • D. 

      Iron Curtain

  • 4. 
    What is the main slogan of Communism?
    • A. 

      Workers of the World Sit Down

    • B. 

      Workers of the World Unite!!!

    • C. 

      Unity is just a capitalist word

    • D. 

      All capitalists must die

  • 5. 
    What countries did the U.S. think should have democratically elected governments?
    • A. 

      All of them

    • B. 

      Our country and bordering countries

    • C. 

      Just China

    • D. 

      Half of them

  • 6. 
    George Kennan authored this writing which included advice on containment of communism.
    • A. 

      Truman Doctrine

    • B. 

      The Long Telegram

    • C. 

      Communist Manifesto

    • D. 

      Marshall Plan

  • 7. 
    What was probably the first proxy war of the Cold War with roots going back into WWII and problems with the German and Italian occupation? 
    • A. 

      Greek Civil War

    • B. 

      Korean War

    • C. 

      Soviet-Afghan War

    • D. 

      Vietnam War

  • 8. 
    This term was used by Winston Churchill to represent the division between a mostly democratic Western Europe and a Communist Eastern Europe.
    • A. 

      Warsaw Pact

    • B. 

      NATO

    • C. 

      Iron Curtain

    • D. 

      United Nations

  • 9. 
    Who was the President after John F. Kennedy?
    • A. 

      Kim Il Sung

    • B. 

      Lyndon Johnson

    • C. 

      Ho Chi Minh

    • D. 

      Harry Truman

  • 10. 
    This is the name of the policy that aimed to prevent the spread of communism by blocking Soviet influence.
    • A. 

      Warsaw Pact

    • B. 

      United Nations

    • C. 

      Marshall Plan

    • D. 

      Containment

  • 11. 
    In the 1940s and 1950s, what did the region described as being "behind the iron curtain" include?
    • A. 

      Soviet Union only

    • B. 

      Soviet Union and its satellite nations (countries controlled by the USSR)

    • C. 

      Democratic nations of Western Europe

    • D. 

      German Democratic Republic, or East Germany

  • 12. 
    This is an alliance between the United States, Canada, and ten Western European nations.
    • A. 

      Iron Curtain

    • B. 

      NATO

    • C. 

      Warsaw Pact

    • D. 

      United Nations

  • 13. 
    What was shot down leading to a dispute between the Soviet Union and the United States?
    • A. 

      Sputnik I

    • B. 

      Apollo I

    • C. 

      U-2 spy plane

    • D. 

      Iron Curtain

  • 14. 
    Who did the Soviets side with in the Greek Civil War?
    • A. 

      Kingdom of Greece

    • B. 

      Britain

    • C. 

      United States of America

    • D. 

      Communist insurgents

  • 15. 
    This was an alliance between the Soviet Union and its Eastern European allies.
    • A. 

      Iron Curtain

    • B. 

      United Nations

    • C. 

      NATO

    • D. 

      Warsaw Pact

  • 16. 
    This is an economic aid package designed to give European nations the aid needed to rebuild after World War II.
    • A. 

      Warsaw Pact

    • B. 

      Marshall Plan

    • C. 

      Containment

    • D. 

      United Nations

  • 17. 
    What is the practice of trying to achieve an advantageous outcome by pushing dangerous events to the brink of active conflict? This was an effective tactic during the Cold War because neither side wanted to be destroyed by the other in a nuclear war.
    • A. 

      Brinkmanship

    • B. 

      Advantageous proclamation

    • C. 

      Bipartisan politics

    • D. 

      Détente

  • 18. 
    Name the first satellite to be launched into space by any country.
    • A. 

      Sputnik I

    • B. 

      U-2 spy plane

    • C. 

      Apollo I

    • D. 

      Iron Curtain

  • 19. 
    Why was an airlift needed to overcome the Soviet blockade of West Berlin?
    • A. 

      Because West Berlin was too far from the nearest NATO member

    • B. 

      Because Berlin was a known Soviet stronghold

    • C. 

      Because NATO members feared contact with the Soviets

    • D. 

      Because Berlin was located well within the Iron Curtain

  • 20. 
    Which country won the biggest prize of the space race by landing humans on the moon and bringing them back alive?
    • A. 

      Soviet Union

    • B. 

      Britain

    • C. 

      United States of America

    • D. 

      China

  • 21. 
    The policy of détente was mainly intended to
    • A. 

      Restrict the spread of communism.

    • B. 

      Call world attention to abuses of human rights.

    • C. 

      Solidify U.S. relations with its economic allies.

    • D. 

      Reduce Cold War tensions.

  • 22. 
    What was the purpose of the Truman Doctrine?
    • A. 

      To raise funds for Communist activities in Europe

    • B. 

      To create a Communist party in the United States

    • C. 

      To judge political parties that favored communism

    • D. 

      To support countries that rejected communism

  • 23. 
    What was the name of the alliance established by European Communist nations in response to NATO?
    • A. 

      Second World Countries

    • B. 

      Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

    • C. 

      Warsaw Pact

    • D. 

      Iron Curtain

  • 24. 
    The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 saw this foreign country send in tanks to stop people seeking to destroy communist rule.
    • A. 

      Soviet Union

    • B. 

      Mexico

    • C. 

      United States of America

    • D. 

      Britain

  • 25. 
    President Nixon’s administration promoted more discussions with the Soviet Union, including regular summit meetings and negotiations over arms control and other agreements. This relaxation of tensions was know as _______.
    • A. 

      Détente

    • B. 

      Chillin’

    • C. 

      Calming

    • D. 

      Appeasement