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Since the end of the Cold War, Cuba has experienced
a) the loss of a major source of its foreign financial support.
b) increased economic growth from expanded trade.
c) expanded political influence in Latin American affairs.
d) greater independence from Communist China.

The strong showing by the Communist Party in the Russian presidential election of 1996 suggests that large numbers of Russian people
a) favored a return to Stalin's policy of imprisoning dissidents.
b) feared continuing economic instability and high inflation.
c) wanted the Russian Orthodox Church to play a larger role in government.
d) supported a return to isolationist policies.

Which phrase best describes the conditions of the territories of both the former Soviet Union and the former Yugoslavia in the late 1980s and the 1990s?
a) Which phrase best describes the conditions of the territories of both the former Soviet Union and the former Yugoslavia in th
b) ethnic unrest caused by a quest for self-determination
c) golden age of cultural development
d) peace and stable political progress

Japan's current position as a world power is most directly based on Japan's
a) economic strength.
b) abundance of natural resources.
c) diversity of cultures.
d) military superiority.

Although many Southeast Asian nations have become independent, they have not been totally free of Western influence. One indication of this influence is that the governments of theses nations have
a) joined the European Union.
b) depended heavily on foreign capital for economic development.
c) adopted Christianity as the official state religion.
d) relied mainly on European nations for their food supply.

In Middle Eastern societies, women have increasingly been at the center of a conflict between the forces of modernization and the
a) values of traditional Islamic culture.
b) pressure for a Palestinian homeland.
c) shortage of capital for industrial development.
d) need to reduce the birthrate.

Since the African National Congress came to power in South Africa in 1994, its primary aim has been to
a) establish one-party rule in South Africa.
b) unite the people of South Africa in a democratic republic.
c) restore Dutch influence on South African culture.
d) create a homeland for white separatists.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela both won Nobel Peace Prizes for their opposition to
a) the practice of apartheid in South Africa.
b) European imperialism in North Africa.
c) international sanctions against South Africa.
d) foreign religious influences in Africa.

A valid statement about technology in the 1900s is that technology has
a) eliminated famine and disease throughout the world.
b) delayed economic progress in developing countries.
c) led to the adoption of free trade policies.
d) accelerated the pace of cultural diffusion.

Bombings, kidnappings, and hijackings, are tactics most often used by
a) imperialists.
b) terrorists.
c) nationalists.
d) absolutists.

Which action would best help developing nations improve their standard of living?
a) borrowing money from the World Bank to purchase food for their citizens
b) relying on a few cash crops for export sale in the world market
c) encouraging an increase in the trade deficit
d) investing in the development of human resources

. Which is the major reason that the United Nations has often been unsuccessful in solving international disputes?
a) The United Nations does not have sufficient funds to act.
b) The disputing nations are usually not members of the United Nations.
c) National sovereignty stands in the way of international cooperation.
d) The United Nations charter does not provide a means to settle disputes.

Economic development in Latin American nations has been hindered most by
a) a scarcity of goods produced for trade and a lack of natural resources.
b) governments that are primarily concerned with preserving the environment.
c) problems of overpopulation, patterns of land distribution, and a lack of investment capital.
d) corporations that are not interested in the use of modern technology.

The creation of the United Nations, the expansion of the European Economic Community (European Union), and the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) resulted in an increase in
a) political revolutions.
b) nonalignment policies.
c) military alliances.
d) international cooperation.

The term Green Revolution is used to describe the
a) tensions between developing and developed nations.
b) heavy reliance on manual labor in agriculture.
c) protests against environmental destruction caused by industry.
d) development of new types of grains and new methods of growing them.

A study of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Soviet Union and of the severe air pollution in Mexico City would lead to the conclusion that
a) technology can cause problems throughout the world.
b) international trade is more profitable than domestic commerce.
c) modern science cannot solve most political problems.
d) agricultural nations have caused major world environmental problems.

Which nongovernmental organization has been most involved in the effort to achieve freedom for political prisoners throughout the world?
a) Amnesty International
b) Doctors Without Borders
c) Greenpeace
d) Red Cross

Which statement best expresses the key issue in the continuing dispute between Israelis and Arabs?
a) Both sides have historic claim to the same land.
b) Other religious groups continue to claim rights to historic sites.
c) Israel has been denied access to water rights.
d) Control of oil resources in the area is essential to both groups.

During the 1990s, Chechens, Sikhs, and Tibetans have all protested their lack of
a) membership in the European Union.
b) economic stability.
c) independent homelands.
d) representation in the Arab League.

In the late 1990s, international demands to conduct trials for war crimes are responses to war crimes taking place in
a) Bosnia.
b) the Czech Republic.
c) Poland.
d) Russia.

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