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Key Persons & Events Of The Cold War Quiz

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What leader of the Soviet Union throughout World War Two led his nation on a broad conquest of their neighboring regions in the aftermath of the war?
Joseph Stalin
Yuri Gagarin
Leonid Brezhnev
Stanislav Petrov

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What Prime Minister of the U.K. during World War Two helped create the opposition to Soviet expansion with his famous "Iron Curtain" speech?
Nigel Hess
Winston Churchill
William Golding
Neville Chamberlain

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In what year did the Berlin Wall begin construction?
1949
1956
1961
1967

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What is the name of the 1968 event in the Soviet Union where communist nations invaded Czechoslovakia to try and keep the country from becoming more democratic?
The Singing Revolution
Prague Spring
Glasnost
The Marker March

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What was the name of the first satellite launched into space by the Soviets which kicked off the Space Race?
Sputnik
Kosmos
Spartta
Helios

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Suspicion of communist insurgency in America inspired what infamous senator to begin his series of trials into American society to try and convince people that communists were taking over the U.S.A.?
Richard Steuben
John F. Kennedy
Spiro Agnew
Joseph McCarthy

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What dictator led a communist revolution in Cuba and subsequently conquered the nation allying it with the Soviet bloc?
Raoul Castro
Santa Anna
Fidel Castro
Che Guevara

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America supported what infamous failed uprising of Cuban rebels who tried to remove Castro from power in 1961?
The Bay of Rays Invasion
The Bay of Pigs Invasion
The Bay of Gulls Invasion
The Bay of Dogs Invasion

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The Bay of Pigs Invasion resulted in what terrifying period where the Soviets planned to store nukes in Cuba?
The Perestroika
The Cuban Missile Crisis
The Tsar Bomba Incident
The Midnight Hour

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What American President backed the Bay of Pigs Invasion and subsequently helped negotiate a way out of the Cuban Missile Crisis?
Dwight Eisenhower
Gerald Ford
Richard Nixon
John F. Kennedy

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What American President formed a namesake foreign policy doctrine which stated America would aid any country that was threatened by communist expansion?
John F. Kennedy
Dwight Eisenhower
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Harry Truman

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Richard Nixon forged diplomatic ties with what major communist nation in a move that shocked the western world?
China
Vietnam
Cuba
Yugoslavia

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J. Edgar Hoover helped found and run what intelligence organization during the Cold War?
The D.H.S.
The O.S.S.
The F.B.I.
The C.I.A.

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What does the term "Finlandization" mean in reference to Finland's actions during the Cold War?
To bow to pressure from a rival country in order to remain independent.
To supply a hostile power with weapons in exchange for peace.
To completely forsake another country after it threatens your borders.
To assimilate into another country as a means of protecting peace.

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The Space Race came to a close after what American space mission successfully put the first men on the moon?
Apollo 8
Apollo 11
Apollo 13
Apollo 15

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What American war began with the Gulf of Tonkin Incident as the U.S. sent troops to neutralize a communist insurgency in Asia?
The Korean War
The Iraq War
The Persian Gulf War
The Vietnam War

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What American President who succeeded John F. Kennedy brought America fully into the Vietnam War?
Dwight Eisenhower
Robert Kennedy
Lyndon B. Johnson
Jimmy Carter

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Across the Cold War, there were multiple incidents over the reclamation of what German capital which was divided between a communist east and a capitalist west?
Munich
Khana
Berlin
Dusseldorf

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In 1983, what Soviet military officer famously averted nuclear war by refusing to launch nukes after he received a mistaken order to do so?
Stanislav Petrov
Mikhel Dellher
Leonid Brezhnev
Yuri Gagarin

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Which of the following terms is the common name given to the American and British program of dropping food and supplies in Germany to help avert famine during the Cold War?
Key Persons & Events Of The Cold War Quiz
Monty's Flights
The Doolittle Raids
The Aerial Supply Train
The Berlin Airlift

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What was the name of the Chinese Chairman of the Communist Party who took over his homeland and united it under an authoritarian regime?
Chiang Kai-Shek
Mao Zedong
Kim Il-Sung
Lo Bin Nimh

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The Sino-Soviet Split was a major turning-point in the Cold War. The central cause for this split was the personal fallings-out between Mao Zedong and what leader of the U.S.S.R. at the time?
Joseph Stalin
Mikhail Gorbachev
Yuri Andropov
Nikita Khrushchev

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Josip Tito was an authoritarian who acted as something of an intermediary between the East and West during times of great turmoil. Tito was the dictator of what nation during the Cold War?
Greece
Yugoslavia
Slovenia
Lithuania

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Henry Kissinger was a major force of diplomacy in America throughout the Cold War. What position did Kissinger occupy in the cabinets of both presidents Ford and Nixon?
Secretary of State
Vice President
Secretary of Defense
Secretary of the Interior

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At multiple points in the latter Cold War, N.A.T.O. and the Soviets sat down during the S.A.L.T. conferences to try and avoid nuclear war. What does the acronym S.A.L.T. stand for?
Strategic Arms Limitation Talks
Supply Amnesty of Lowered Threats
Suppress Armageddon, Level Threats
Stopping Annihilation Losing Troubles.

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Helmut Kohl was the leader of what country which reunified toward the end of the Cold War?
Lichtenstein
Greece
Gerrnany
Czechoslovakia

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What man was the final leader of the Soviet Union who implemented policies to allow the nation to transition into a modern democracy?
Vladimir Lenin
Leon Trotsky
Mikhail Gorbachev
Yadislov Volgask

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1973 began an infamous oil crisis where O.P.E.C. embargoed the sale of oil to countries which had supported what enemy nation during the Yom Kippur War?
Morocco
Israel
Afghanistan
Iran

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What was the name of Gorbachev's program of making the Soviet Union morel liberal and constitutional as the country experienced great economic hardship?
Glasnost
Tsarda
Koppan
Oberreas

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In what year did the Soviet Union officially dissolve?
1991
1989
1987
1985

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