Iraq Quiz

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  1. Which nation
    financially supported Iraq's Baath Party's rise to power in the
    1960's?

    1. Iran
    2. US
    3. Soviet
      Union

  2. Which
    nation allied itself with Saddam Hussein from 1980 to 1990?

    1. Iran
    2. US
    3. Soviet
      Union

  3. Which nation's
    ambassador to Iraq pledged that it would remain on the sidelines
    when
    Hussein inquired about the reaction to invading Kuwait in 1990?

    1. Iran
    2. US
    3. France

  4. Which
    country was the first to gas Iraqis?

    1. Iraq
      itself
    2. Great
      Britain
    3. Soviet
      Union

  5. Who drew
    the borders of Iraq?

    1. Iraqis
      themselves
    2. The
      British
    3. Iranians

  6. Which
    country opposes the secession of the Kurds from Iraq?

    1. Iran
    2. US
    3. Kuwait

  7. Colin
    Powell has stated that the intelligence on Iraq's WMD was:

    1. accurate
    2. flawed
    3. never
      to be questioned

  8. The most
    secular government in the Middle East in the 1990's was:

    1. Iran
    2. Iraq
    3. Kuwait

  9. Which
    of these countries has been the most tolerant of Christians during
    the
    last 20 years?

    1. Iran
    2. Iraq
    3. Saudi
      Arabia

  10. Into what
    country has Iraq never sent troops?

    1. Kuwait
    2. US
    3. Iran

  11. Which of
    the following countries was not represented among the 19
    hijackers of
    9-11?

    1. Eqypt
    2. Iraq
    3. Saudi
      Arabia

  12. Which
    country supplied Saddam Hussein with chemical weapons during the
    1980's?

    1. Turkey
    2. US
    3. Soviet
      Union

  13. Which
    country's intelligence operatives helped overthrow the only Islamic
    democracy
    in the Middle East in 1953?

    1. Iraq
    2. US
    3. Soviet
      Union

  14. Who made
    two trips to meet with Saddam Hussein during the 1980's as a special
    representative of his country to confirm a renewal of diplomatic
    relations?
    1. Kim
      Il Sung
    2. Donald
      Rumsfeld
    3. Jacques
      Chirac

  15. Which
    is the only Middle Eastern/Southwest Asian country not
    in possession of nuclear weapons?


    1. Israel
    2. Iraq
    3. Pakistan

  16. Which country's
    intelligence information supplied to the UN weapons inspectors
    in Iraq was concluded to be "garbage after garbage after
    garbage."

    1. Iraq
    2. US
    3. France

  17. According
    to UN estimates, the US-led embargo against Iraq from 1991 until
    1996 resulted in:

    1. no
      deaths, only pressure on Saddam Hussein to reform
    2. the
      death of 500,000 Iraqi children
    3. the
      death of 500 Iraqis, total

  18. After
    the 1991 Gulf War, who encouraged the Kurds to revolt against
    Saddam Hussein only to withdraw support after the revolt began?

    1. Kofi
      Anon
    2. George
      H. W. Bush
    3. Vladimir
      Putin

  19. Who made
    the decision for UN weapons inspectors to leave Iraq in 1998?

    1. they
      were evicted by Saddam Hussein
    2. UN
      weapons inspector Richard Butler in anticipation of a US/British
      military attack
    3. UN
      weapons inspectors did not leave in 1998

  20. The number
    of American combat deaths during the first 12 months of which
    conflict was the greatest?

    1. Vietnam
      1965
    2. Iraq
      War 2003
    3. Gulf
      War 1991

The
answer to each question is "b."

  1. Which nation
    financially supported Iraq's Baath Party's rise to power in the
    1960's?

    1. Iran
    2. US
    3. Soviet
      Union

    This is
    the political party of Saddam Hussein. The
    US helped bring the Baath Party (a socialist party) to power.

  2. Which
    nation allied itself with Saddam Hussein from 1980 to 1990?

    1. Iran
    2. US
    3. Soviet
      Union

    The
    US had no compunctions about allying itself with Hussein

    even though it was during this period when the majority of the
    killings of his own people as well as the gassing of the Kurds
    occurred.

  3. Which nation's
    ambassador to Iraq pledged that it would remain on the sidelines
    when
    Hussein inquired about the reaction to invading Kuwait in 1990?

    1. Iran
    2. US
    3. France

    Said
    U.S. Ambassador Glaspie
    — "We have no opinion on your
    Arab-Arab conflicts, such as your dispute with Kuwait. Secretary
    (of State James) Baker has directed me to emphasize the instruction,
    first given to Iraq in the 1960’s, that the Kuwait issue is
    not associated with America."

  4. Which country
    was the first to gas Iraqis?

    1. Iraq
      itself
    2. Great
      Britain
    3. Soviet
      Union

    Great
    Britain used gas
    to quell an uprising by the Kurds in 1920.

  5. Who drew
    the borders of Iraq?

    1. Iraqis
      themselves
    2. The
      British
    3. Iranians

    The British
    drew the borders of Iraq
    after World War I.

  6. Which
    country opposes the secession of the Kurds from Iraq?

    1. Iran
    2. US
    3. Kuwait

    Bush
    has pledged
    that the current boundaries of Iraq — no Kurdish
    independence — will be maintained.

  7. Colin Powell
    has stated that the intelligence on Iraq's WMD was:

    1. accurate
    2. flawed
    3. never
      to be questioned

    In 2004
    Powell
    acknowledged
    that the information presented to the UN to
    justify the invasion of Iraq which he presented in 2003 was
    "flawed."

  8. The most
    secular government in the Middle East in the 1990's was:

    1. Iran
    2. Iraq
    3. Kuwait

    "Iraq
    was not controlled by a fundamentalist Muslim government, something
    that is now a possibility
    . One could even purchase a drink
    in Baghdad. The Baath government tolerated both Jews and Christians,
    something not to be seen in Muslim countries like Indonesia,
    Turkey, and Iran"

  9. Which of
    these countries has been the most tolerant of Christians during
    the
    last 20 years?

    1. Iran
    2. Iraq
    3. Saudi
      Arabia

    "Unlike
    any other regime in the Middle East, Saddam
    has permitted Christians
    to occupy high public office. This
    includes the Iraqi Foreign Minister, Tariq Assiz, who is a Roman
    Catholic. In addition, Saddam's regime has permitted a degree
    of free practice for Christians that is positively enviable
    compared to the situations experienced in such U.S. u2018allies'
    as Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Christmas and Easter decorations
    always abound, even in Baghdad, and attending church does not
    require an act of courage."

  10. Into what
    country has Iraq never sent troops?

    1. Kuwait
    2. US
    3. Iran

    Iraq sent
    troops into Iran during its 1980-1988 war, and into Kuwait in
    1990, but never into the US.

  11. Which of
    the following countries was not represented among the 19
    hijackers of
    9-11?

    1. Eqypt
    2. Iraq
    3. Saudi
      Arabia

    Of
    the 19 hijackers
    , 15 were from Saudi Arabia, and 4 from
    Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Lebanon.

  12. Which
    country supplied Saddam Hussein with chemical weapons during the
    1980's?

    1. Turkey
    2. US
    3. Soviet
      Union

    The US
    sold chemical weapons to Saddam Hussein
    between 1985 and
    1990.

  13. Which country's
    intelligence operatives helped overthrow the only Islamic democracy
    in the Middle East in 1953?

    1. Iraq
    2. US
    3. Soviet
      Union

    Along with
    the British, the
    CIA overthrew the democratically elected Iranian Prime Minister
    Mohammed Mossadegh in 1953
    , ending the only Islamic democracy
    in the Middle East.

  14. Who
    made two trips to meet with Saddam Hussein during the 1980's as
    a special representative of his country to confirm a renewal of
    diplomatic relations?

    1. Kim
      Il Park
    2. Donald
      Rumsfeld
    3. Jacques
      Chirac

    Reagan
    sent special high level envoy, Donald
    Rumsfeld
    to confirm the new relation with Iraq in 1983.

  15. Which is
    the only Middle Eastern/Southwest Asian country not in
    possession of nuclear weapons?

    1. Israel
    2. Iraq
    3. Pakistan

    Pakistan
    is known to have nuclear weapons, Israel does not confirm or
    deny
    , but it's no secret. Iraq has none.

  16. Which country's
    intelligence information supplied to the UN weapons inspectors
    in Iraq was concluded to be "garbage after garbage after
    garbage."

    1. Iraq
    2. US
    3. France

    The US
    supplied information on where to hunt for weapons in 2002 and
    2003, none
    of which proved to be fruitful
    .

  17. According
    to UN estimates, the US-led embargo against Iraq from 1991 until
    1996 resulted in:

    1. no
      deaths, only pressure on Saddam Hussein to reform
    2. the
      death of 500,000 Iraqi children
    3. the
      death of 500 Iraqis, total

    In 1996,
    Secretary
    of State Madeline Albright stated approval of the sanctions

    even with the estimate of 500,000 children dying as a result.
    Neither the Clinton nor Bush administration ever disputed these
    estimates.

  18. After
    the 1991 Gulf War, who encouraged the Kurds to revolt against
    Saddam Hussein only to withdraw support after the revolt began?

    1. Kofi
      Anon
    2. George
      H. W. Bush
    3. Vladimir
      Putin

    Overly
    confident that Hussein would be overthrown, G.
    H. W. Bush reneged on his plans
    and more than 100,000 Iraqis
    were killed.

  19. Who made
    the decision for UN weapons inspectors to leave Iraq in 1998?

    1. they
      were evicted by Saddam Hussein
    2. UN
      weapons inspector Richard Butler in anticipation of a US/British
      military attack
    3. UN
      weapons inspectors did not leave in 1998

    Hussein
    did not kick out the UN weapons inspectors
    ; they left to
    avoid being killed in the ensuing attack.

  20. The number
    of American combat deaths during the first 12 months of which
    conflict was the greatest?

    1. Vietnam
      1965
    2. Iraq
      War 2003
    3. Gulf
      War 1991

    US
    losses in Iraq during the first 12 months were 550
    , March
    2003-February 2004; 65
    in Vietnam
    in 1965; 148
    during the 1991 Gulf War
    .

April
15, 2004

Jim
Cox is an Associate Professor of Economics and Political Science
at the Lawrenceville Campus of Georgia Perimeter College and author
of The
Concise Guide to Economics
. His website is: http://www.gpc.edu/~jcox/.


        
        

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