Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
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Quiz 1

First experiment with making "Quizzes" - sets of interesting questions that people might want to look into, primarily dealing with current events and history, sometimes asking for analysis, sometimes more concrete. Answers and/or discussions on any of the topics would be welcome by email or comment on the Livejournal version of my blog.

==People==

  • Who is George Soros? How did he achieve prominence and what major shifts in American and international politics does he have a tie to?
  • What made Mohandas Gandhi's message of passive resistance effective in the political sphere? How did Gandhi die, and how did it relate to his message?
  • Compare Deng Xiaopeng and Chiang Kai-Shek as national leaders in terms of control over and overall models for economic, political, and personal autonomy.
  • Who was Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, and how did he come to be revered so highly by two opposing factions/nations? In modern terminology, how would one classify his political ideas?
  • Who is Ban Ki-Moon? How did he reach his position?
  • Who is Sun Myung Moon? How did he reach his position?
  • Who was Aleksandr Kerensky? What decisions/circumstances led to his fall as a national leader?
  • Who was Oliver Cromwell? What effects did his movement have on Republican movements in the U.K. and the American colonies?
==Conflict==
  • Where did suicide bombing first become an effective tactic, and what are the origins and current state of that conflict?
  • What was the basis of conflict between Persia and the UK/US from the 40s to 1979, and how did changes in leadership of each country shape that conflict?
  • What areas of China did Japan successfully control during World War II, and what aspects of that past invasion are areas of contention in modern relations between China and Japan?
  • When and how did the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China come to have hostile relations? What role did Mongolia play in that conflict?
  • What were the origins of the ethnic conflict in Rwanda?
  • When did the Ottoman empire dissolve, what spurred that event, and what happened to each major area of its territories after its dissoluton?
  • What conflicts of interests led to tension between Charles de Gaulle and British/American national leaders during World War II?
  • What was the non-aligned movement, who were the founding members, and in response to what international tensions was it founded? Is it plausible to consider its initial organisation as an outgrowth of Tito's ideals?
  • Why did the Partition of India occur? What were the results?
==Religion, Philosophy, and Movements==
  • What theological positions did Mordechai Kaplan attempt to introduce into Judaism and what were the results of his attempts?
  • What effects did teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe have on non-Lubavitch strands of Judaism?
  • Distinguish Sunni and Shi'ite Islam, noting their origins, current distribuion, and areas of theological unity and difference
  • When did Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodox Christianity fall out of mutual communion, and why?
  • What are the most fundamental differences in doctrine between Buddhism and Hinduism?
  • What members of the "Founding Fathers" of the United States were members of Masonic movements? What contemporaries did they have in Europe that were also part of that movement? What political views were Masons frequently connected with that affected those numbers?
  • What caused nationalism as a movement to reach culmination earlier in France and England than in Italy and Germany?
  • When and how did slavery come to be illegal in Britain?
==Misc==
  • Compare the early Soviet nationality policy to Catherine the Great's invitation to Europeans to settle in Russia, in terms of motivation and effectiveness.

That's probably enough for a first go :)

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