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Trouble Spots: a quiz

This is a quiz about late 20th century history. Apart from its two World Wars, this was a century in which two phenomena came together in a particularly notable way – I am referring to struggles for independence and/or regional dominance, together with effective mass media that brought these conflicts to public attention in a way that was simply not possible in previous ages.

In other words, we got to know far more about the world’s trouble spots than previous generations would have done. But just how much of this recent history – some of which may have been current news when you were younger – do you remember? Here’s your chance to find out!

  • Where did the Sandinistas overthrow the government in 1979?

    • Costa Rica
    • Guatemala
    • Nicaragua
    • Honduras
  • How long did the Arab-Israeli War of 1967 last?

    • Six days
    • Six weeks
    • Six weeks and six days
    • Six months
  • Which city’s “Spring” was ended by a Soviet invasion in 1968?

    • Budapest
    • Vienna
    • Kiev
    • Prague
  • In which war was Operation Desert Storm?

    • World War I
    • World War II
    • Vietnam War
    • Gulf War
  • Where did Greeks and Turks clash in major unrest in 1964?

    • Crete
    • Cyprus
    • Macedonia
    • Syria
  • Biafra was a breakaway state from which African country?

    • South Africa
    • Sudan
    • Nigeria
    • Ethiopia
  • Which country disintegrated following the outbreak of civil war in 1992?

    • Yugoslavia
    • Czechoslovakia
    • Soviet Union
    • Germany
  • Which country was the scene of the Mau Mau rebellion in the 1950s?

    • Gold Coast
    • Rhodesia
    • South Africa
    • Kenya
  • From which country did Vietnam gain independence in 1954?

    • United States
    • United Kingdom
    • France
    • Japan
  • Where in the 1960s was there a Cultural Revolution?

    • Japan
    • China
    • Philippines
    • Thailand

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