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129 World Leaders quizzes and 1,806 World Leaders trivia questions.
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1.
  Notable women politicians from around the globe    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The 20th century saw the great increase in women's participation in politics. This quiz is devoted to prominent female leaders from all parts of the world.
Difficult, 10 Qns, InArm, Jun 22 07
Difficult
InArm
710 plays
2.
  21st-Century World Leaders    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A selection of world leaders who assumed the top office in their respective countries in the 21st century.
Average, 10 Qns, sw11, Sep 10 23
Average
sw11 gold member
Sep 10 23
312 plays
3.
  No One Remembers the Third    
Classification Quiz
 15 Qns
Or the fourth or fifth for that matter. Divide these third, fourth and fifth world leaders of Canada, the U.S, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand into their proper category.
Average, 15 Qns, Joepetz, Sep 23 23
Average
Joepetz gold member
Sep 23 23
119 plays
4.
Man I Feel Like a Woman
  Man, I Feel Like a Woman   popular trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Man, I feel like a woman can lead a country at least as well as a man. Even if you disagree, given the somewhat cryptic photo clues, you might be able to answer these questions about female world leaders.
Easier, 10 Qns, spanishliz, Feb 18 19
Easier
spanishliz editor
Feb 18 19
533 plays
5.
Fire in Their Souls
  Fire in Their Souls   great trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Here is a quiz dealing with ten world leaders, most of whom, but not all, have inspired humanity over time.
Easier, 10 Qns, Creedy, Apr 30 21
Easier
Creedy gold member
Apr 30 21
1173 plays
6.
Husband and Wife Leaders
  Husband and Wife Leaders   great trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
There have been powerful male leaders. There have been powerful female leaders. But there have not been too many powerful married couples leading their nations. This quiz is on ten of those lovebirds.
Easier, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Jul 06 15
Easier
Joepetz gold member
856 plays
7.
World Leaders on Canvas
  World Leaders on Canvas   great trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
See if you can identify these world leaders of their time as they were seen through the eyes of some of the world's greatest artists.
Average, 10 Qns, EnglishJedi, Nov 28 22
Average
EnglishJedi gold member
Nov 28 22
653 plays
8.
  The President and the Prime Minister   best quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Each question provides clues to the identities of a US President and a UK Prime Minister who share the same first name (or name by which they were commonly known). Just match the correct name to the correct pair of politicians.
Easier, 10 Qns, Fifiona81, Mar 01 19
Easier
Fifiona81 editor
Mar 01 19
576 plays
9.
  The Title, In Question   top quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Most governments around the world feature a person in a position of influence. Here, you're given the country; you need to match that place with the title that has been used, historically, for their head of state. Good luck!
Easier, 10 Qns, kyleisalive, Oct 18 20
Easier
kyleisalive editor
Oct 18 20
1540 plays
10.
Also Known As
  Also Known As...    
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Based on the clues given, can you identify all of the world leaders described in this quiz? Good luck!
Average, 10 Qns, Lpez, Jun 10 22
Average
Lpez gold member
Jun 10 22
659 plays
trivia question Quick Question
He was a shipyard technician and became the leader of the Solidarity Union. Who became the first democratically-elected president of Poland in 1990?

From Quiz "20th-Century World Leaders Part 6"




11.
  Le Duc Tho   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz tests your knowledge of the Vietnamese revolutionary Le Duc Tho. Good luck!
Easier, 10 Qns, Triviaballer, Mar 07 23
Easier
Triviaballer gold member
Mar 07 23
66 plays
12.
  Man of Steel   great trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Match these leaders with the sobriquets they were bestowed with. Not all of them were complimentary.
Very Easy, 10 Qns, zorba_scank, Sep 22 19
Very Easy
zorba_scank gold member
Sep 22 19
798 plays
13.
  Generals in Politics 1   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Here are some examples of generals and other officers who have assumed high office by election, popular acclaim, appointment, or by more familiar military methods! The questions are in the who am I format.
Average, 15 Qns, mstanaway, Apr 14 14
Average
mstanaway
3281 plays
14.
  Hit the Road, Jack   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
World leaders have been exiled or sent away for various reasons throughout history. Here is a quiz on rulers and leaders who were told to "Hit the road, Jack", or did so of their own accord.
Easier, 10 Qns, dcpddc478, Sep 15 14
Easier
dcpddc478
1495 plays
15.
  She Rules   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
On the very morning I started to write this quiz, I found there were ten women heads of government. What do you know about these women?
Easier, 10 Qns, JanIQ, Nov 28 19
Easier
JanIQ gold member
Nov 28 19
556 plays
16.
  Women Heads of Government   popular trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Often in the past, when a woman became a head of government, they were heralded as being the "first woman to become head of ... " that government. Today it is more accepted as normal. Can you match these heads of state with their nations?
Very Easy, 10 Qns, shvdotr, Jun 07 16
Very Easy
shvdotr gold member
880 plays
17.
  From Political Prisoner to Ruler   popular trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Here are examples of ten anti-government activists who were imprisoned by their dictatorial rulers, but who persevered and later became leaders of their countries.
Easier, 10 Qns, chessart, Apr 11 16
Easier
chessart gold member
850 plays
18.
  A New Sensation   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The people included in this quiz all became a 'new sensation' when they took up certain political posts. Let's find out why...
Average, 10 Qns, Fifiona81, Jan 18 15
Average
Fifiona81 editor
598 plays
19.
  Dude, Where's My Country?   popular trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Can you match the leaders to the countries that don't exist any longer?
Easier, 10 Qns, 480154st, Aug 31 18
Easier
480154st gold member
Aug 31 18
650 plays
20.
  Shot Through the Heart    
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
This quiz asks you to match the country to its political leader. Each of these leaders shares a common fate. They were all killed, although not necessarily by being shot through the heart. Not for the squeamish perhaps.
Easier, 10 Qns, suomy, Jul 19 16
Easier
suomy
855 plays
21.
  When I Resigned    
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
A match quiz about the resignations of ten political leaders; some voluntary, others not so much.
Easier, 10 Qns, suomy, Feb 27 17
Easier
suomy
462 plays
22.
  A-Z of Alliterative World Leaders   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
This quiz is an A-Z (actually A-Y) rundown of presidents and prime ministers from around the world, all of who have first names and surnames beginning with the same letter. Have fun!
Average, 20 Qns, pagea, Oct 08 23
Average
pagea
Oct 08 23
673 plays
23.
  20th-Century World Leaders Part 1    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The 20th Century can be defined by the political leaders who made lasting significance contribution in their own countries and in world affairs.
Easier, 10 Qns, sw11, Mar 17 21
Recommended for grades: 9,10,11,12
Easier
sw11 gold member
Mar 17 21
836 plays
24.
  20th-Century World Leaders Part 2    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A second quiz about some 20th century world leaders who were influential in their own countries and international affairs.
Easier, 10 Qns, sw11, Mar 17 21
Recommended for grades: 10,11,12
Easier
sw11 gold member
Mar 17 21
700 plays
25.
  Follow That Fellow   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Every world leader is generally following in the footsteps of a predecessor. What do you know about the fellows that these leaders all had to follow?
Average, 10 Qns, Fifiona81, Apr 23 14
Average
Fifiona81 editor
525 plays
26.
  Vigdis Finnbogadottir - President of Iceland    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Phoenix Rising's Red Crew unexpectedly made a stop in Iceland on its 2022 World Tour. Join us as we learn about one of Iceland's famous people, Vigdis Finnbogadottir.
Easier, 10 Qns, Triviaballer, Apr 13 22
Easier
Triviaballer gold member
Apr 13 22
134 plays
27.
  Lord of the Flies   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
It's a tough job at the top. Scattered throughout history, these leaders and rulers didn't last long.
Average, 10 Qns, AcrylicInk, May 26 20
Average
AcrylicInk gold member
May 26 20
328 plays
28.
  20th-Century World Leaders Part 6    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is my sixth and final quiz on influential world leaders in their own countries and in the international arenas in the 20th century.
Easier, 10 Qns, sw11, Mar 17 21
Easier
sw11 gold member
Mar 17 21
694 plays
29.
  Generals in Politics: 2   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Here are some more generals and other military figures who have become leaders of their country. The questions are posed in the "Who am I" format. Do you know who they are?
Average, 15 Qns, mstanaway, Nov 07 10
Average
mstanaway
1447 plays
30.
  Quit Laughing--I Am Your Leader   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
What's in a funny name? For some leaders, it is an obstacle they must face as they take office. In other cases, they are oblivious, as locally, their name is perfectly normal, while in the English speaking news, the anchor has to stifle a giggle.
Average, 10 Qns, Eauhomme, Jul 15 17
Average
Eauhomme
Jul 15 17
373 plays
31.
  Women Rulers   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
A quiz created by a humble dude, about famous women in history who ruled.
Average, 15 Qns, bowsoljah, Jan 27 20
Average
bowsoljah
Jan 27 20
3893 plays
32.
  Father of The Nation   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The modern nation state holds in great respect the individuals who were responsible for their creation and the sense of common identity it gives to the people. See if you can identify these leaders and the states they created.
Tough, 10 Qns, mstanaway, Jan 19 08
Tough
mstanaway
1229 plays
33.
  20th-Century World Leaders Part 3    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is my third quiz on influential world leaders in their own countries and world affairs in the 20th century.
Easier, 10 Qns, sw11, Mar 17 21
Easier
sw11 gold member
Mar 17 21
666 plays
34.
  Doctors in Politics   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Here are some examples of Doctors who have found their true calling in politics some being seduced by the elixir of power. Can you identify them or name the countries they led?
Tough, 10 Qns, mstanaway, Apr 05 07
Tough
mstanaway
860 plays
35.
  Sliding Rulers    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Many people have been fortunate enough to be the ruler, or leader, of one country. Some by acclamation or even conquest have led more than one. Let's look at some of them, and the places where it has happened.
Average, 10 Qns, darksplash, Dec 23 22
Average
darksplash gold member
Dec 23 22
270 plays
36.
  20th-Century World Leaders Part 5    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is my fifth in a series of quizzes on world leaders who were influential in either their own countries or the wider world in the 20th century.
Average, 10 Qns, sw11, Mar 17 21
Average
sw11 gold member
Mar 17 21
579 plays
37.
  The Powers That B   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
There have been countless people who have held great power, rulers in their own right. Do you know these ten rulers, who all have names beginning with B?
Average, 10 Qns, salami_swami, Jan 08 23
Average
salami_swami gold member
Jan 08 23
765 plays
38.
  Historically Inadequate   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
These leaders all made notable blunders: faced with key decisions, they failed militarily, economically or politically. The consequences ranged from the relatively minor to the catastrophic. But can you pick out the Historically Inadequate?
Average, 15 Qns, Rimrunner, Aug 28 23
Average
Rimrunner
Aug 28 23
916 plays
39.
  Clerics in Politics   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The attractions of power and prestige in this world can be seductive. Here are some examples of men of the cloth who have attained respect or infamy through their involvement in secular affairs.
Average, 10 Qns, mstanaway, Sep 04 14
Average
mstanaway
763 plays
40.
  10 Question Take Me To Your Leader Quiz    
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
All you have to do is match the the senior figure to their official residence.
Average, 10 Qns, 480154st, Dec 28 18
Average
480154st gold member
Dec 28 18
280 plays
41.
  Leaders of the Guild editor best quiz   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Years and years in power. Good and bad regimes. The Quiz Maker's Guild has created an interesting look into the world of long-time political reigns. Step into the realm of the good, the bad, and the ugly!
Difficult, 10 Qns, apathy100, Nov 12 20
Difficult
apathy100 gold member
Nov 12 20
2953 plays
42.
  20th-Century World Leaders Part 4    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is my fourth quiz on influential world leaders in their own countries and world affairs in the 20th century.
Average, 10 Qns, sw11, Mar 17 21
Average
sw11 gold member
Mar 17 21
549 plays
43.
  More Women Heads of Government    
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
This one is a little tougher than my last quiz on this subject. All of these women served as their nations' Prime Ministers for more than two years. Good luck!
Average, 10 Qns, shvdotr, Jun 15 16
Average
shvdotr gold member
248 plays
44.
  The Running Man   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
History is written by the winners and the runner in second place is usually just the first loser. This is a quiz about the "running man", those who have run for high office but lost the race.
Average, 10 Qns, adam36, Jun 07 19
Average
adam36 gold member
Jun 07 19
311 plays
45.
  Hitler vs Roosevelt   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Adolf Hitler and Franklin Roosevelt's time as leaders of their country overlapped very closely. Here are some questions comparing the two.
Average, 10 Qns, andymuenz, Sep 17 15
Average
andymuenz gold member
589 plays
46.
  World Statesmen: Their Slurs and Innuendoes   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
There's a little Archie Bunker in most of us and world leaders, no matter how august, have proven this time and time again. Verbal effluence from some extremely unexpected sources.
Difficult, 10 Qns, Coolupway, Jan 19 08
Difficult
Coolupway
2229 plays
47.
  Women World Leaders    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Queens are cool, but you won't find any here. This quiz is about elected heads of State who were women - all Presidents or Prime Ministers elected by the people or legislature to run their respective countries.
Average, 10 Qns, vadiamond, Sep 10 23
Average
vadiamond
Sep 10 23
745 plays
48.
  They Didn't Do Their Homework    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Enjoy this quiz about some people who seized power after staging a coup, only to suffer the same fate later. They simply didn't do their homework.
Average, 10 Qns, gme24, Jan 16 22
Average
gme24 gold member
Jan 16 22
205 plays
49.
  World Leaders Past and Present    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
I give the names of leaders of a country -- you name the country. The leaders are in order from earliest to most recent and may or may not include the current leader.
Average, 15 Qns, Leapday, Jul 13 22
Average
Leapday
Jul 13 22
4628 plays
50.
  World Leaders, Advanced Placement (AP) Edition    
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
This quiz is designed to help AP World history students review which world leader was which, and what impact they had. Good luck!
Average, 20 Qns, beadynlsu, Jun 30 23
Average
beadynlsu
Jun 30 23
534 plays
51.
  The Powers Behind the Thrones    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Women who ran the world - or at least, their nation - from behind the seat of power. I give you the man who 'led', the nation, and the time in history: you pick the woman who called the shots.
Average, 10 Qns, Rimrunner, Sep 17 10
Average
Rimrunner
544 plays
52.
  10 Questions about World Leaders    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A simple matching quiz. Match the leader to his or her country. Leaders and countries may be from the present or past. Some of the facts presented here have been checked against wikipedia.org.
Average, 10 Qns, sir67, Sep 20 17
Average
sir67
Sep 20 17
2558 plays
53.
  World Leaders - The Missing Link   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Identify the missing link in these chronological sequences of political leaders. (Note: If a leader was in office on several occasions, only the first occasion is mentioned in the timeline).
Tough, 10 Qns, vishvakarman, May 30 11
Tough
vishvakarman
1043 plays
54.
  All in the Family    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
It's not just in hereditary monarchies that power passes from one generation of a family to another.
Average, 15 Qns, alan03, Apr 16 19
Average
alan03
Apr 16 19
698 plays
55.
  Famous Politicians Who Ride Harleys    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I will give you information about the politician and you give me their name. Remember they will all be Harley Davidson owners.
Easier, 10 Qns, conec, Jul 08 23
Easier
conec
Jul 08 23
495 plays
56.
  Interesting Trivia about World Leaders    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
You will likely recognize the names of all of these famous world leaders, although this quiz will test your knowledge of details about their real names, titles, education and locations of birth.
Average, 10 Qns, CCHarpo, Jul 24 19
Average
CCHarpo
Jul 24 19
343 plays
57.
  The Ultimate Take Me To Your Leader Quiz    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A quiz about various world leaders in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Average, 10 Qns, Daddy19, Mar 25 23
Average
Daddy19
Mar 25 23
835 plays
58.
  Asian Female World Leaders    
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
More women have stepped forward to serve as head of government in their countries. Here is a list of ten Asian women who served their countries.
Average, 10 Qns, sw11, Jan 31 20
Average
sw11 gold member
Jan 31 20
186 plays
59.
  Girls on Top: Independent Women II    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Ten more questions on women who have risen to become president or prime minister of their country.
Tough, 10 Qns, alan03, Dec 10 05
Tough
alan03
732 plays
60.
  Girls On Top: Independent Women I    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Although their numbers are growing there have still been relatively few women who have risen to become president or prime minister of their country. This is a quiz on a few of those women.
Difficult, 10 Qns, alan03, Sep 17 11
Difficult
alan03
904 plays
61.
  Pants on Fire!    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Politicians are often remembered not for the good they do, but for the outrageous lies they tell. In this quiz, you'll be given a scenario or quote. Whose pants are on fire?
Average, 10 Qns, YeuxdelaMere, Jun 02 17
Average
YeuxdelaMere
Jun 02 17
497 plays
62.
  Left or Right Wing?    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
In this quiz I'll need you to determine whether these political figures fell to the left or the right side of the spectrum. Good luck.
Average, 15 Qns, Eisenherz, Apr 14 23
Average
Eisenherz
Apr 14 23
390 plays
63.
  Women Heads of State    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I will give you the name of a woman. She was the Prime Minister or President of a country at a particular time. HAVE FUN!
Very Easy, 10 Qns, angikar, Oct 13 17
Recommended for grades: 9,10,11,12
Very Easy
angikar
Oct 13 17
735 plays
64.
  Name the Leader   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz will ask you to name the leader during a given event.
Tough, 10 Qns, StetsonHat, Dec 17 13
Tough
StetsonHat
621 plays
65.
  Leaders of Nations    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Choose the leader that goes with the country and its type of government. (Past and Present)
Tough, 10 Qns, Oberon916, Jan 27 12
Tough
Oberon916
1410 plays
66.
  Who Was Leader Then? Part II    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a follow up to the first quiz. Match the event with the leader in a particular country at the time. Good Luck!
Average, 10 Qns, hews, Nov 08 23
Average
hews
Nov 08 23
3569 plays
67.
  A-Z Presidents and Prime Ministers    
Multiple Choice
 25 Qns
In this quiz I give you the name of a President or Prime Minister (PM). You give me the name of the country.
Tough, 25 Qns, author, Feb 14 12
Tough
author
2527 plays
68.
  Historical European and North American Rulers    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
How well do you know the rulers of the past? Here's a challenging quiz to test you.
Difficult, 10 Qns, apathy100, Jun 06 18
Difficult
apathy100 gold member
Jun 06 18
1561 plays
69.
  The Last Emperor    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is about the Last Emperors of various nations not about the award winning 1987 film The Last Emperor.Good Luck!
Average, 10 Qns, lonchaney, May 17 20
Average
lonchaney
May 17 20
618 plays
70.
  World Leaders Quiz Challenge    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
How much do you know about past and present leaders of the world? Find out in this quiz!
Tough, 10 Qns, tescawesca, Nov 29 11
Tough
tescawesca
413 plays
71.
  Odd One Out - World Leaders    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Given the descriptions of the world leaders, identify the odd one out.
Tough, 10 Qns, sw11, Jan 18 21
Tough
sw11 gold member
Jan 18 21
235 plays
72.
  Historical World Leaders    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
These leaders are all (with the exception of one) from the 20th century. Good luck!
Tough, 10 Qns, silvercoat, Dec 10 05
Tough
silvercoat
876 plays
73.
  Political World Tour    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a tour around the world of political leaders and events that have played a role in the history of their country.
Tough, 10 Qns, zambesi, Sep 15 14
Tough
zambesi
455 plays
74.
  Who Was Leader Then? Part III    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz asks you to determine the correct answer by pinpointing the year of two events. Good Luck, and enjoy!
Difficult, 10 Qns, hews, Apr 20 08
Difficult
hews
1362 plays
75.
  Past Leaders    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I'll test your knowledge about world leaders.I will give the name of the head of state and then tell me from which country had they served.All of them are past leaders. Enjoy and have fun!
Tough, 10 Qns, moskva, May 29 15
Tough
moskva
1056 plays
76.
  Who Was Leader Then? Part I    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz combines two elements. First, you need to know the year in which a particular event took place, and then name the leader of a particular country at that time (often the two are completely unrelated). Enjoy!
Difficult, 10 Qns, hews, Dec 19 17
Difficult
hews
Dec 19 17
2441 plays
77.
  Historic Latin American Politicians    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The object of this quiz is to match a political leader of the past with a political party or movement.
Very Difficult, 10 Qns, slade, Sep 07 20
Very Difficult
slade
Sep 07 20
732 plays
78.
  Important Dates in History For Politicians    
Multiple Choice
 25 Qns
An 'event' in history is given, with a political 'flavour', and from the multiple choice answers you need to pick the correct date (or answer). Good luck!
Difficult, 25 Qns, Engadine, Sep 24 13
Difficult
Engadine
1019 plays
79.
  Political Quotes - World 'Leaders'    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
World 'leaders' are often quoted - both good and bad! Can you pick the politician responsible for the given quote?
Difficult, 10 Qns, Engadine, Jun 15 11
Difficult
Engadine
546 plays
80.
  Rulers    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Who ruled where and when in history throughout wherever?
Very Difficult, 10 Qns, Jeronimus, Nov 20 14
Very Difficult
Jeronimus
1143 plays
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World Leaders Trivia Questions

1. Le Duc Tho was born in the Nam Dinh province of Vietnam in 1911. Under what colonial entity was Le Duc Tho born?

From Quiz
Le Duc Tho

Answer: French Indochina

Nam Dinh is a small province located in northern Vietnam in the Red River Delta. At the time of Le Duc Tho's birth in 1911, Vietnam was a French colonial territory as part of French Indochina. French Indochina also included Cambodia and Laos and its capitals were Hanoi and Saigon.

2. Greece 1925. On June 24, an army general seizes power only to be deposed 14 months later. What was the name of this general?

From Quiz They Didn't Do Their Homework

Answer: Theodoros Pangalos

Theodoros Pangalos was born in 1978 on the island of Salamis. He graduated from the military academy with the rank of second lieutenant. He took part in the Balkan Wars and later Joined the National Defense Organization led by Eleftherios Venizelos. He died in 1952.

3. He was the West German chancellor from 1982 to 1998. Subsequently, who was the man to oversee the reunification of Germany?

From Quiz 20th-Century World Leaders Part 6

Answer: Helmut Kohl

Helmut Kohl (1930-2017) was the longest serving German chancellor in the 20th century, in power for 16 years and 26 days. On 3 October 1990, he oversaw the German reunification. In international affairs, he was strongly committed to European integration and French-German cooperation. He supported President Reagan's more aggressive policies to weaken the Soviet Union. He played a vital role in the eastern enlargement of the European Union, leading the effort to push for international recognition for the independence of Croatia, Slovenia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Domestically, he was successful in the economic reforms of integrating the former East Germany into a reunified Germany.

4. He was the eighth prime minster of Canada from 1911 to 1920. Who was best known for his leadership of Canada during the First World War?

From Quiz 20th-Century World Leaders Part 5

Answer: Sir Robert Borden

Sir Robert Borden (1854-1937) was the last Canadian prime minister to be knighted, which took place in 1915. During the First World War, his government passed the War Measures Act and established the Canadian Expeditionary Force. The introduction of the compulsory military service started the conscription crisis. In 1917, he had to deal with the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion. In 1919, he ordered North-West Mounted Police to stop the Winnipeg general strike, which brought the economy of Winnipeg to a standstill for six weeks.

5. He and his second wife, Eva, were very popular among the Argentine working class. Who was the President of Argentina from 1946 to 1955 and from 1973 to 1974?

From Quiz 20th-Century World Leaders Part 4

Answer: Juan Domingo Peron

Juan Domingo Peron (1895-1974), former army general, was the Argentine President for three terms. During his first term from 1946 to 1952, he was ably supported by his second wife, Eva Duarte. He was elected for the second term from 1952 to 1955, despite the death of Eva. His Peronist party was outlawed and he was exiled until 1973. When he returned to Argentina in 1973, he was elected for the third time, and served until he died in 1974. He was succeeded by his third wife, Maria Estela Martina aka Isabel Peron who was his Vice-President. Isabel Peron served as the Argentine president from 1974 to 1976.

6. Following the assassination of her husband, she led her party to victory in the 1960 election in Sri Lanka (former Ceylon). Who was the first woman in the world to become prime minister of any country?

From Quiz 20th-Century World Leaders Part 3

Answer: Srimavo Bandaranaike

Srimavo Bandaraniake served as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (until 1972 the Dominion of Ceylon) for three terms: 1960-1965, 1970-1977 and 1994-2000. She was the informal adviser to her husband Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike who was the fourth prime minister from 1956 to 1959. She entered politics after her husband was assassinated and became the Chairwoman of her party, which she led to victory in the July 1960 election.

7. He served under Chairman Mao and played an important role in the Chinese Communist Party's rise to power. Who was the first premier of the People's Republic of China from 1949 until his death in 1976?

From Quiz 20th-Century World Leaders Part 2

Answer: Zhou Enlai

Zhou Enlai (1898-1976) was a skilled and able diplomat who also served as the foreign minister from 1949 to 1958. He played a big role in Richard Nixon's visit to China in 1972, paving the way to normalize diplomatic relationship with the United States. During the Cultural Revolution, he was the main driving force for the state affair. He protected many historical sites from being damaged by the Red Guards which made him very popular after the Cultural Revolution. At the same time, he provided protection for many key leaders, one of them was Deng Xiaoping, who was responsible for opening up China.

8. He was responsible for making Russia the first country to put Marxist ideologies to work. Who led the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 ending imperial rule in Russia?

From Quiz 20th-Century World Leaders Part 1

Answer: Lenin

Vladimir Lenin aka Vladimir Ilich Ulyanov (1870-1924) was the founder of the Russian Communist Party (Bolsheviks). He was the first paramount leader of the Soviet state from 1917 until his death in 1924. He founded the Comintern (Communist International) and was the posthumous source of "Leninism" which was based on Karl Marx's works.

9. Two men held the Guinness World Record for the shortest reigning monarch. How long did Louis-Antoine of France and Crown Prince Luís Filipe of Portugal each spend in the top job?

From Quiz Lord of the Flies

Answer: 20 minutes

Louis-Antoine briefly became King Louis XIX of France after the July Revolution in 1830. His father, Charles X, had reluctantly abdicated in the face of much opposition to his rule. Twenty minutes later, Louis-Antoine also abdicated and renounced his claim to the throne. In 1908, King Carlos I of Portugal was returning home with his family in an open carriage. Two members of the crowd fired at the carriage as it passed down the street. The king was killed instantly. His eldest son and heir, Luís Filipe, was severely wounded. The carriage was taken to a nearby Naval Arsenal where he died twenty minutes after his father.

10. In which country did Angela Merkel (née Kasner) become the Chancellor in 2005?

From Quiz She Rules

Answer: Germany

Angela Merkel is arguably the best known of the ten ladies you'll meet in these questions. She was born in Hamburg (then West Germany) in 1954. A few months later, her father obtained a job in the state of Brandenburg (then part of East Germany) and so the family moved to what was then another country. Angela studied physics in Leipzig (East Germany). She married Ulrich Merkel in 1977 and took his surname. When the marriage ended in 1982 and Angela remarried Joachim Sauer in 1998, she stuck with the surname of her first husband - which is not the habit in Germany. In December 1989, a month after the Berlin Wall came down and while reunification of East and West Germany was being prepared, Merkel joined the new party Democratic Awakening. This East German party merged with the Christlich-Demokratischer Union (CDU, a centrum-conservative party) after both countries were reunited. In 1990 Merkel was elected to the Bundestag (parliament). She was appointed Minister of Women and Youth (1990-1994) and later Minister of Environment and Nuclear Energy (1994-1998). After the CDU was in the opposition for several years, Merkel's party won the 2005 election with a narrow margin over the SPD (socialist party). The CDU and the SPD then formed a government, with Merkel as Chancellor (function comparable to a Prime Minister). Merkel won the subsequent elections in 2009, 2013 and 2017 and thus could stay on as Chancellor for her fourth legislature. Merkel is especially known for her call to receive and integrate immigrants: "Wir schaffen das" ("We can do it").

11. In what present day country was Adolf Hitler born?

From Quiz Interesting Trivia about World Leaders

Answer: Austria

Adolph Hitler was born 20 April 1889 in Braunau am Inn, Austria, just across the border from Germany. Austria at that time was part of Austria-Hungary. He was raised near Linz, Austria, then moved to Germany in 1913 as a young adult. He became a German citizen in 1932, a year before he became Chancellor in 1933.

12. His ambition was to conquer and unite all of Europe under his command, and he might have achieved that had his army not got cold feet. Still, who was it who became president of two countries?

From Quiz Sliding Rulers

Answer: Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon was President of the French Republic from 1799 to 1804, and President of the Italian Republic between 1802 and 1805. There is a caveat here in that the Italian Republic is not the modern country of Italy that we now know. Italy was a region of individual states with their own rulers until the Napoleonic wars, when France invaded and conquered the northern part. It became a client state of the French Republic. The southern part was ruled by Napoleon's brother-in-law the King of Naples.

13. The American television show "Silver Spoons" included a joke delivered by Ricky Schroder towards the Soviet leader. What leader's name provided the punchline to the following joke? "Hey Yuri, why don't you walk up to a cliff, _________"

From Quiz Quit Laughing--I Am Your Leader

Answer: Andropov

Yes, it's a corny joke, but then most of the jokes from "Silver Spoons" were. Yuri Andropov's brief rule in the Soviet Union was actually very interesting for the Western World. On one hand, he was a former KGB leader, seemingly as hardline as his predecessors Khrushchev and Brezhnev. On the other hand, he may be best remembered for his exchange of letters with a 10-year old American girl, Samantha Smith. Dear Mr. Andropov, My name is Samantha Smith. I am ten years old. Congratulations on your new job. I have been worrying about Russia and the United States getting into a nuclear war. Are you going to vote to have a war or not? If you aren't please tell me how you are going to help to not have a war. This question you do not have to answer, but I would like to know why you want to conquer the world or at least our country. God made the world for us to live together in peace and not to fight. Sincerely, Samantha Smith Dear Samantha, I received your letter, which is like many others that have reached me recently from your country and from other countries around the world. It seems to me - I can tell by your letter - that you are a courageous and honest girl, resembling Becky, the friend of Tom Sawyer in the famous book of your compatriot Mark Twain. This book is well known and loved in our country by all boys and girls. [Most of the letter is omitted here in the interest of brevity.] We want peace - there is something that we are occupied with: growing wheat, building and inventing, writing books and flying into space. We want peace for ourselves and for all peoples of the planet. For our children and for you, Samantha. I invite you, if your parents will let you, to come to our country, the best time being this summer. You will find out about our country, meet with your contemporaries, visit an international children's camp - Artek - on the sea. And see for yourself: in the Soviet Union, everyone is for peace and friendship among peoples. Thank you for your letter. I wish you all the best in your young life. Y. Andropov

14. Hitler became chancellor of Germany on January 30, 1933. How many days before or after this did Roosevelt become US president?

From Quiz Hitler vs Roosevelt

Answer: 33 days later on March 4

Roosevelt became US president on March 4, 1933. The 21st amendment to the Constitution was ratified that year and changed the date of the president's term to start on January 20 but didn't take effect until the following term. Thus Roosevelt's first term was shorter than his second and third because it lasted 43 days fewer than four years.

15. Andrew Johnson stepped up to the role of US President following the tragic death of the man who delivered the Gettysburg Address on November 19th 1863. Which fellow was this?

From Quiz Follow That Fellow

Answer: Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln, the US President during the American Civil War, died on April 15th 1865, after being shot in the head whilst attending a play at Ford's Theatre the previous evening. His assassin, John Wilkes Booth, an actor who opposed the abolition of slavery, was killed 11 days later by a Union Army soldier. Lincoln's address at the dedication of the cemetery for the soldiers killed at the Battle of Gettysburg is now one of the best-known speeches in American history. With the opening line "four score and seven years ago" he linked the struggles of the Civil War to the founding principles of the United States of America, set out in the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Garfield, McKinley and Kennedy were the other US Presidents to have been assassinated up to the end of the twentieth century. In total, during this period eight US Presidents died in office: four were assassinated and four died of natural causes.

16. The prophet Muhammad supposedly received his revelations in what year?

From Quiz World Leaders, Advanced Placement (AP) Edition

Answer: 610 CE

The revelations were published in a book known as the Koran, which was the basis of Islam. 476 was the fall of Western Rome, 1453 was the fall of Constantinople, and 313 is when the emperor Constantine converted to Christianity.

17. The late Swedish prime minister Olof Palme was in office twice before being assassinated in the last days of winter of 1986. Politically, was he on the left or the right?

From Quiz Left or Right Wing?

Answer: Left

Palme was a social-democratic politician at heart. In Sweden the Social Democratic Party (SAP) finds its political position on the centre-left. Palme served two terms as the prime minister of Sweden. The first stint ran from October 1969 to the same month in 1976, while the second term was tragically cut short due to his aforementioned assassination, running from October 1982 to February 1986.

18. "Do you know me?", asked this man in a famous 1975 American Express television commercial. Who was this forgotten man who ran for Vice President of the United States in 1964 only to lose by a wide margin?

From Quiz The Running Man

Answer: William E Miller

William Miller was a seven term US Congressman from Albany New York and a Conservative Republican. When Republican Presidential nominee Barry Goldwater selected Miller to be his running mate against Lyndon Johnson in the 1964 Presidential election, a national chorus of "who is that?" followed. Miller was rarely seen on the campaign trail and proved to be of little interest to the press. Goldwater/Miller lost to Johnson/Humphrey by what was then the largest margin in history. Goldwater lost the electoral vote 486-52 and the popular vote 61.1% to 38.5%. In the aftermath of the crushing defeat, Miller dropped out of elective politics and returned to the life of a country lawyer. In 1975 credit card company American Express began an innovative marketing campaign to draw attention to its charge card. In one of the most famous commercials, an older man in a suit asks the question "Do you know who I am? I ran for the Vice President of the United States in 1964." Mr. Miller then proceeds to say that anyone carrying the Am Ex card would get instantly recognized. The scene fades with the charge card typing his name. Miler again returned to blissful anonymity and died in 1983 at the age of 69.

19. Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi was the Prime Minister of _____________.

From Quiz Women Heads of State

Answer: India

She was the Prime Minister of India from 1966-1977 and from 1980-1984.

20. In 1997, the leader of the British Labour Party was elected as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Again in 2001 and 2005 he was elected. At 43, he was the youngest prime minister since Lord Liverpool in 1812. What was his name?

From Quiz The Powers That B

Answer: Tony Blair

When Tony Blair became the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in 1997, he already held positions as the First Lord of the Treasury, Leader of the Labour Party, and Minister for the Civil Service. Winning the election in 1997, 2001, and 2005, he became the longest serving prime minister of the Labour Party at that time. In 2007, he resigned from all his political positions.

21. A - First on the list is Arturo Alessandri, who was president of Chile three times, initially coming to power in 1920 and finally leaving on Christmas Eve 1938. He died in 1950 in which city, the capital of Chile?

From Quiz A-Z of Alliterative World Leaders

Answer: Santiago

Arturo Alessandri first came to power in 1920 as part of the Liberal Alliance, defeating his conservative opposition Luis Barros Borgono despite losing the popular vote. As his time in power progressed he struggled with a heavily conservative congress, not enabling him to enforce any of the laws he wanted to pass and so he eventually resigned in 1924 and sought asylum in the US embassy. From this point on the country was under the rule of a military Junta known as the September Junta. However, not all members of the Junta agreed with the way the country was being run and so in a coup in January 1925 an interim liberal president, Pedro Dartnell, was appointed, until the return of Alessandri in March 1925. On his return to power he drafted a new constitution but despite this being passed in September 1925 he resigned again in October before finally resuming the position of president in 1932. He served out a normal 6-year term before losing power to Pedro Aguirre Cerda of the Radical Party in December 1938.

22. New Zealand was the first independent country to give the right for women to vote. However, which was the first country to have women elected to Parliament?

From Quiz Political World Tour

Answer: Finland

The world's first female members of Parliament where Finnish as a result of the 1907 elections when 19 females members took their seats in the Parliament of Finland. Australia was the second country to give women the right to vote in 1902 then Norway in 1913 and Denmark 1915.

23. What political party did German Chancellor Angela Merkel represent?

From Quiz World Leaders

Answer: Christian Democratic Union

Angela Merkel was the German Chancellor from November 2005. In 2007 she was President of the European Council.

24. Who was prime minister of the United Kingdom when Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939?

From Quiz Name the Leader

Answer: Neville Chamberlain

Chamberlain served as prime minister from 1937 until May 1940 when Winston Churchill took the reigns of power.

25. It is around 700 BC, in the Northern Kingdom of Israel. Ahab is king, but who turned Israel to worshipping Baal? She was Phoenician by birth, and Elijah's arch-enemy.

From Quiz The Powers Behind the Thrones

Answer: Jezebel

'Jezebel' has entered the English language as a byword for an evil, shameless or promiscuous woman. As recorded in Kings, she fostered, promoted, supported and led the worship of Baal in Israel; and as Elijah prophesied, when she died her body was eaten by dogs - only her head and hands remained. Delilah - another enduring name, meaning a femme fatale (alluring, treacherous) - betrayed Samson to the Philistines. Jael was the woman who killed Sisera, and Bathsheba was King David's famous mistress and later wife.

26. Which American military leader's greatest claim to fame was losing his last battle, his life, and all his troops, to a large number of angry American Indians led by Sitting Bull?

From Quiz Historically Inadequate

Answer: George A. Custer

Custer was undoubtedly a brave man; perhaps too brave. He had a good battle record in the Civil War, and up to this point in the Indian Wars. Had he had a greater respect for his enemies, he might have done better. (And also, had he properly valued the accurate information his scouts reported; and had he refrained from dividing his forces in hostile territory, and from assuming that his own battle plan would go unchallenged.) In the end he, and every man under his direct command, were wiped out at the Little Big Horn. J.E.B. Stuart was a Confederate cavalry general in the American Civil War. McClellan is best remembered for the McClellan saddle. Crook delivered an average performance in the Apache Wars.

27. This person once said about then vice-president George H.W. Bush: "Poor George. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth." Who was this Democratic Texas governor who lost her bid for re-election to Bush's son, George W. Bush, in 1994?

From Quiz Famous Politicians Who Ride Harleys

Answer: Ann Richards

She got her first motorcycle license at the age of 60. When Harley Davidson representatives heard her make a comment about getting her motorcycle license, they gave her a Harley motorcycle for her birthday. She once said, "I thought I needed to do something kind of jazzy".

28. Following the death of Yuri Andropov, this man became General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in February 1984. Who is he?

From Quiz Take Me To Your Leader

Answer: Konstantin Chernenko

Konstantin Chernonko was 72 when he succeeded Andropov and only lived for a further thirteen months after becoming the leader of the USSR. His demise led to Mikhail Gorbachev's accession. Brezhnev had ruled from 1964 until 1982 and was Andropov's precedessor.

29. Who was the leader of Communist Russia from 1917-1924?

From Quiz Leaders of Nations

Answer: Vladimir Lenin

Lenin returned from exile in Switzerland and overthrew the Russian Provisional Government in the October Revolution (which actually occurred in November 1917) and is often referred to simply as the Russian Revolution.

30. What long time reigning leader of Britain disliked children but eventually gave birth to nine of them?

From Quiz Leaders of the Guild

Answer: Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria was born in Kensington Palace London on 24 May 1819 and died on 22 January 1901. After her uncle William IV died in 1837 she became the Queen of England and reigned for 63 years until her death in 1901. Victoria disliked children but had nine of her own who went on to produce 37 great-grandchildren. Even though Victoria was a strong and stubborn woman, she was dependent on the Prime Minister Lord Melbourne to help her with her decisions. When she married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg in 1840 he became her main advisor on decision making. This question has been crafted by Soozy_Woozy.

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