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History By The Decades Quiz: The 1980’s

The 1980’s Quiz.

After the dramatic events which shook the world throughout the 1970’s, humanity entered the 1980’s with cautious optimism. Even though the decade began with a peculiar series of twists, the amount of artistic progress and societal change set the tone for a promising era.

Today we invite you test your knowledge on the first half of this iconic decade. We will ask you a series of questions from all areas of world history.

Without further ado, take our History by the Decades Quiz over the first half of the 1980’s.

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Instructions: Answer each question to the best of your ability. Once you select an answer, you will then find out if it correct or not. There will also be an explanation to help you learn more about history. An orange “Continue” button will appear and allow you to move to the next question.

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In 1984, what famous human rights activist received the Nobel Peace Prize?
Jean DeLivier
Will Cameroun III
Ivan Berrick
Desmond Tutu

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In 1980, the World Health Organization announced the eradication of what vicious disease?
Measles
H.I.V.
Smallpox
Polio

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What is the name of the F.B.I. investigation into political finances which led to the arrest of seven American Congress members?
Congressopal
Coppergate
Abscam
Indo-Paraguay

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The investigation Abscam's name was a rough abbreviation for what phrase?
Ability scam
Abra-Kadabra scam
Abacus scam
Arab scam

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On May 18th, 1980, what volcano erupted to roar down the Washington countryside?
Mt. St. Helens
Mt. Berjeron
Mt. Fuji
Mt. Rinjani

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Iran freed the American hostages held in the Tehran embassy following the appointment of what American President in 1981?
Bill Clinton
George H. W. Bush
Jimmy Carter
Ronald Reagan

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What music superstar and former member of The Beatles was shot to death on Dec. 8th, 1980?
Ringo Starr
John Lennon
Paul McCartney
George Harrison

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On June 18th, 1983, what person became the first American woman in space?
MacKenzie Blume
Virginia Walsh
Sally Ride
Angela Campbell

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Sally Ride and her crew made it into space aboard what famous vessel?
The Challenger
The Poseidon
The Discovery
The Dreamer

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On Nov. 13th, 1982, this memorial opened in Washington D.C. to commemorate victims of what American war?
The Korean War
The Vietnam War
The Civil War
The Revolutionary War

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On Oct. 31st, 1984, what Prime Minister of India was assassinated by her guards causing a national uproar?
Parvati Gandhi
Liren Gandhi
Alvira Gandhi
Indira Gandhi

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Following the assassination of Indira Gandhi, riots broke out in which citizens of India targeted and killed around one-thousand members of what group because members of said group were responsible for the assassination?
Sikhs
Muslims
Christians
Buddhists

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May 14th, 1981, what acting pope survived an assassination attempt that nearly claimed his life?
John Paul II
Benedict XVI
Sixtus V
Innocent III

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Throughout the first half of 1982, Great Britain fought in a war against what other nation?
Austria
France
Argentina
Cuba

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What is the name of the war between Great Britain and Argentina which took up the first half of 1982?
The Kirkhope War
The Falklands War
The Wall of Burim Straits
The Liukal War

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In 1982, following the death of Premier Brezhnev, what other figure was named next in line to be Premier of the U.S.S.R.?
Yuri Andropov
Vladimir Lenin
Nikita Khrushchev
Boris Yeltsin

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In 1984, after the short-lived regime of Yuri Andropov, what other figure was named to be the Premier of the U.S.S.R.?
Leonid Brezhnev
Nikita Khrushchev
Konstantin Chernenko
Mikhail Gorbachev

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In 1980, what nation began an eight-year-long invasion of Iran?
Pakistan
Israel
Iraq
Saudi Arabia

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Ronald Reagan appointed what woman to be the first female member of the American Supreme Court?
Elena Kagan
Sonia Sotomayor
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Sandra Day O'Connor

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On March 23rd, 1983, President Ronald Reagan announced the creation of what ill-fated space defense program?
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Star Wars
Star Trek
Space Invaders
Battlestar Galactica

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It came to light in 1983 that the United States government shielded what infamous Gestapo figure in exchange for his cooperation?
William Faustus
Heinrich Himmler
Klaus Barbie
Hans Mueller

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What political activist of the Philippines was assassinated in Manila International Airport for his opposition to the ruling Communist party?
Gerardo Roxas
Jovito Salonga
Simeon Wan
Benigno Aquino Jr.

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The assassination of Benigno Aquino Jr. was in connection to his opposition of the Communist rule of what Philippines dictator?
Fernando Lopez
Diosdado Macapagal
Ferdinand Marcos
Gerardo Roxas

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The Soviet Union and other Communist nations boycotted the 1984 Olympics in what American city?
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Chicago
Los Angeles
Atlantic City
San Francisco

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On January 10th, 1984, the U.S.A. reopened diplomatic ties with what other nation by sending diplomats betwixt the two countries?
China
Vatican City
Japan
Cuba

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On Oct. 25th, 1983, the United States invaded what Caribbean nation?
Cayman Islands
Grenada
Cuba
Jamaica

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In 1983, the Catholic Church ratified a code of changes to its doctrine based on what council?
The First Vatican Council
The Second Vatican Council
The Third Vatican Council
The Fourth Vatican Council

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In 1981, the W.H.O. identified what virus which would spark terror throughout the eighties?
A.I.D.S.
Smallpox
Measles
H1N1

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March 30th, 1981, John Hinckley Jr. shot what world leader in an assassination attempt?
Margaret Thatcher
Pope John Paul II
Ronald Reagan
Leonid Brezhnev

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What Prime Minister of the United Kingdom throughout the eighties supported an era of neo-conservativism alongside American President Reagan?
Margaret Thatcher
Theresa May
Gordon Brown
Harold Wilson

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For even more 1980’s trivia, be sure to check out the 1980’s Quiz – Part 2.