How Well Do You Know The Topic? An End of Year Quiz

After researching U.S. military presence for the last year, how well do you know the topic? Students have undoubtedly learned a great deal during the course of the season, but how much do they actually know about U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the rest of the topic countries? I thought it would be interesting to create a quiz and see where students stood. While some of the answers are more trivial than essential, the resulting quiz hopefully provides a good baseline for assessing how much you learned and how much you retained while researching the topic.

Two caveats:

  1. This quiz is divided into two parts, one about Afghanistan and the other about the other five topic countries. Since our team read an Afghanistan affirmative for the vast majority of the season, this was the area they were most familiar with.

  2. All of the answers are Googleable. I put together an answer key but this is more geared toward self-assessment than it is something to be formally graded.

So, how much do you know about the topic? Find out below the fold.

Section 1: Afghanistan

  1. Who is the current President of Afghanistan?
  2. Name the countries that border Afghanistan.
  3. Name the ethnic groups that compose at least 5 percent of Afghanistan’s population.
  4. What is the largest ethnic group in Afghanistan? What percentage of the population does this ethnic group represent?
  5. Approximately how many U.S. military personnel are currently deployed to the Afghanistan theater?
  6. How many American service members have been killed in Afghanistan?
  7. How many provinces are there in Afghanistan? Name as many as you can.
  8. What is the capitol of Afghanistan? Name as many of the other nine most populous cities in Afghanistan as you can.
  9. What is the name of the semi-autonomous area in northwest Pakistan that borders Afghanistan?
  10. Who is the current President of Pakistan?
  11. What is the capitol of Pakistan? Name as many other major cities in Pakistan as you can.
  12. What is the name of Pakistan’s national intelligence service?
  13. In what city and country was Osama bin Laden killed?
  14. In what city and country was Osama bin Laden born?
  15. Name the countries that border Pakistan.
  16. Who is the current commander of the International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan?
  17. Who did this individual replace as commander of the ISAF and USFOR-A?
  18. What U.S. military document defines the counterinsurgency strategy? What are the three primary components of this strategy? What fourth component was added under President Obama’s leadership?
  19. Who is most often described as the leader of the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan?
  20. When Osama bin Laden was killed, who assumed leadership of al Qaeda? What country is he from?

Section 2: Other Countries

  1. Who is the current President of Iraq? What ethno-religious group is he identified with?
  2. Who is the current Prime Minister of Iraq? What ethno-religious group is he identified with?
  3. What is the name given to coalitions of tribal Sheikhs in Iraqi provinces that unite to provide security?
  4. What is the current deadline for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq?
  5. Who is the current commander of U.S. military forces in Iraq?
  6. Who is the current Prime Minister of Japan? What political party is he affiliated with? Who was his predecessor? What political party did he represent?
  7. Who is the current governor of the Okinawa Prefecture?
  8. Disagreement between Japan and the United States over the relocation of what military installation in Okinawa has caused a rift in the two countries’ relationship? What city is it in? To what city does the current relocation plan move it?
  9. What is the name of the U.S. military’s presence in Japan? What is the name of Japan’s military?
  10. How many U.S. military personnel are currently stationed in Japan?
  11. What is the name of the largest U.S. military base in Kuwait?
  12. How many U.S. military personnel are currently stationed in South Korea?
  13. Who is the current President of South Korea?
  14. In March 2010, the sinking of what South Korean ship by North Korea causes tensions to escalate between the two countries?
  15. What countries are members of the Six-Party Talks?
  16. What is the largest U.S. military base in Turkey?
  17. What controversial weapons does the U.S. maintain at this base? How many?
  18. Who is the current Prime Minister of Turkey? What political party is he affiliated with?

3 thoughts on “How Well Do You Know The Topic? An End of Year Quiz

  1. zparks1

    I thought I would add a question to the survey that was missing.

    How many controversial helipads do we have in Takae, Japan?

    Answer: A substantial amount. Specifically 6.

    1. dtay14

      But I thought the amount is unrelated to their substantial-ness. If its controversial, its in. Or something like that.

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