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The Fall of Communism In Europe

written by: marcing
 
The year 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the end of the Cold War and the fall of the Iron Curtain. This quiz, authored by a person from behind the curtain, is a commemoration of those historical events and people who made it possible for Europe to be united in freedom.

Question 1:


Who was the US President when the Berlin Wall fell?
Ronald Reagan
George Bush Sr.
Bill Clinton
George Bush Jr.

Question 2:


Who was the leader of the legendary "Solidarność" (Solidarity) labor union that led the efforts to end communist rule in Poland?
Tadeusz Mazowiecki
Lech Wałęsa
Vaclav Havel
Viktor Orbán

Question 3:


Who was the last leader of the Soviet Union?
Nikita Khrushchev
Boris Yeltsin
Konstantin Chernenko
Mikhail Gorbachev

Question 4:


Which Chancellor united Germany in 1990?
Angela Merkel
Egon Krenz
Helmut Kohl
Erich Honecker

Question 5:


Which Pope was the spiritual leader of the anti-communist opposition in one of the former Eastern block countries in 1980s?
Benedict XVI - because he was German and wanted to see his country unified
John Paul II - because he was Polish and wanted to see his country free
None - Roman Catholic Church backed the communist governments
John Paul I - because he came from a family with long-standing anti-communist views

Question 6:


Which of these events was first in the avalanche that swept away communist governments in Europe?
the split of Czechoslovakia
the fall of the Berlin Wall
the peaceful establishment of non-communist government in Poland
the execution of Nicolae Ceauşescu in Romania

Question 7:


Which former Soviet Republic was first to declare independence from the USSR?
Ukraine
Lithuania
Belarus
Russia

Question 8:


Which term refers to the fall of communism in Czechoslovakia?
Velvet Revolution
Cotton Revolution
Silk Revolution
Woolen Revolution

Question 9:


All revolutions of the 1989 "Autumn of Nations" in Europe were rather peaceful. Which country was the only one to overthrow their communist regime violently?
Hungary
East Germany
Russia
Romania

Question 10:


Which country's all three neighbors were dissolved between 1990 and 1993?
Yugoslavia
Poland
Hungary
Czechoslovakia

Question 11:


After 1989, with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia, many new countries appeared on the map of Europe. Which is not one of them?
Croatia
Slovakia
Hungary
Estonia

Question 12:


The final act of the fall of communism in Europe was the accession of many former Eastern block countries to NATO and the European Union. When did the EU admit 8 of those countries?
1 November 1993
1 January 2007
1 May 2004
1 January 2002

 


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