Quiz: The Cold War Quiz
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The Cold War Quiz
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For more than four decades, the world lived in a state of anxiety and tension as two great military powers, bristling with devastating nuclear weapons, stared each other down. Test your knowledge of the Cold War with this quiz.

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The Cold War got its name because the U.S. and USSR never directly attacked each other. However, they did fund wars in other nations. What were these indirect wars called?
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In 1961 columns of U.S. and Soviet tanks stared each other down through a crossing point in the Berlin Wall known as …
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The U.S. military group responsible for firing nuclear weapons as well as detecting incoming weapons was called SAC. What does SAC stand for?
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The U.S. is a member of the North American Treaty Organization (NATO), which was created during the Cold War. What group was the USSR part of?
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The Polish labor union that advocated nonviolence and eventually brought down Poland's communist government was called what?
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In 1960 U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers was captured after being shot down while flying over the USSR. What kind of plane was Powers flying?
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U.S. intervention in Vietnam was spurred by a controversial incident that occurred in what body of water?
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What Soviet jet fighter was the backbone of communist-backed air forces during the Cold War?
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The destruction of what structure is considered an important symbolic event in ending the Cold War?
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What was the Revolutionary War-inspired name of the U.S. intercontinental ballistic missiles that threatened the USSR with nuclear attack or retaliation?
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In 1978 writer Georgi Markov, who had defected from Bulgaria, was assassinated in London. What was used to poison him while he stood on a bridge?
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The period of improved relations between the U.S. and USSR that resulted in the signing of several important treaties was known as …
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What was the name for the border between the Soviet-allied nations and the NATO nations in Europe?
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What was the name of the East German secret police, an intelligence organization that spied on its own citizens and encouraged them to inform on each other?
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Which U.S. president created the policy of containing Soviet imperialism by supporting other nations that resisted communism?
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What was the name of the reform policy spearheaded by Mikhail Gorbachev in the 1980s that pushed for greater transparency in the Soviet government?
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Who was the first western rock star to perform a concert tour in the USSR?
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During a 13-day crisis in 1962, the U.S. and Soviet Union came very close to a full nuclear war. What was this crisis called?
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The fear that the USSR had far more nuclear missiles available than the U.S. was known as the …
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What was the name of the failed CIA-backed invasion of Cuba in 1961?
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Who was the former U.S. Marine who defected to the Soviet Union before returning and assassinating President John F. Kennedy?
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What was the name of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's theory that if one country was taken over by communists, more countries would also fall to communism?
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What did the CIA call the domestic surveillance operation that targeted U.S. student groups, anti-war groups and other "subversives"?
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The massive nuclear bunker/command center that houses North American Aerospace Defense Command is located where?
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In the 1970s Chinese-U.S. relations were opened up by an exchange of sports teams. What was the sport?
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What film parodies the absurdities of the Cold War, including the classic line, "Gentleman! You can't fight in here! This is the War Room!"
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When the Soviets closed off West Berlin in 1948, preventing all food and supplies from entering, an international effort to fly supplies into the city began. What was the effort called?
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Operation Northwoods was a U.S. Defense Department plan to increase public support for war by committing terrorist attacks and making them look like they'd been done by what country?
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After North Korean forces, backed by China and the Soviet Union, invaded South Korea, a United Nations force made up mostly of American troops made an amphibious assault at what city?
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A Soviet military invasion ended the 1968 reform movement in Czechoslovakia known as the …
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