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Test Your Knowledge: Little-known Wars
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Not all wars are apocalyptic adventures that threaten the fate of humankind. How much do you know about these little-known wars?

Where did the Hukbalahap Rebellion take place?

  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Philippines

In October 1925, what ignited a conflict between Greece and Bulgaria that killed dozens of people?

  • A stray dog
  • A ricocheting bullet
  • A wind storm

The Winter War pitted the USSR against which country's forces?

  • Finland
  • Iceland
  • Norway

The Beaver Wars found which two groups fighting each other?

  • The French and Iroquois
  • French and British fur traders
  • American colonists and British soldiers

The 100-Hour War between El Salvador and Honduras started because of what?

  • A rare fungal infection
  • A football game
  • A funny hat

The Aroostok War, between the United States and Britain, is also sometimes called what?

  • The Pork and Beans War
  • The Bacon Wars
  • The War of Feathered Caps

How many soldiers were killed during the Transnistria War in the early 1990's?

  • 2
  • 13
  • 1,200

Karen National Liberation Army has been fighting the government of Burma since what year?

  • 1949
  • 1961
  • 1979

The Treaty of Berlin contributed to the end of which war?

  • Russo-Turkish War
  • Overseas War
  • Balkans War

The War of Jenkins' Ear pitted which two countries against one another?

  • Portugal and New Zealand
  • Spain and Britain
  • France and the United States

The Sonderbund War was a civil war in which country in 1847?

  • Norway
  • Switzerland
  • Greenland

Which U.S. president initiated a naval offensive during the Barbary Wars?

  • George Washington
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Andrew Jackson

How many Barbary Wars were there?

  • two
  • three
  • five

Which city did the Romans besiege for three years during the Third Punic War?

  • Syracuse
  • Carthage
  • Saguntum

The Utah War featured the United States army against what group?

  • Mormons
  • Gold miners
  • A confederacy of frontiersmen

The Russo-Turkish War in the 1870s reestablished which country?

  • Sweden
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus

The Dominican War of Independence was waged against which country?

  • Haiti
  • Britain
  • Costa Rica

The so-called "Overseas War" pitted African nationalists against which country?

  • France
  • Portugal
  • Britain

In total, how many soldiers were killed in the Overseas War?

  • more than 50,000
  • more than 70,000
  • more than 150,000

Representatives from which country mediated an agreement between Thailand and France in 1941?

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • Japan

Which country invaded Thailand in December of 1941?

  • China
  • United States
  • Japan

Why did the village of Lijar declare war on France?

  • France reneged on a weapons deal.
  • Parisians insulted the Spanish king.
  • France refused to offer fair prices for their produce.

Who started the Sino-Tibetan War?

  • Dalai Lama
  • Chiang Kai-shek
  • Sherpas

Which side won the Sino-Tibetan War?

  • China
  • Tibet
  • It was a stalemate.

Why did censors cover up a massive Allied campaign that killed thousands of people on both sides in Syria in 1941?

  • They didn't think anyone would care about the conflict.
  • Syria was a no-man's land.
  • It featured fighting against Vichy French troops.

The War of the Triple Alliance decimated which country?

  • Paraguay
  • Argentina
  • Uruguay

When did the Soviet-Japanese War occur?

  • 1961
  • 1945
  • 1919

How long did the Soviet-Japanese last?

  • three years
  • three days
  • three weeks

What sparked the Angolan War of Independence?

  • Unfair taxation
  • Forced labor
  • An attempted assassination

What percentage of its male population did Paraguay lose during the Paraguayan War, also known as the War of the Triple Alliance?

  • about 70%
  • about 80%
  • about 90%