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I Can't Spare a Square Trivia Quiz


I can't spare a square. Fortunately our roving reporter Getha Scoop can. She even has ten on offer. All these squares were the scene of historical events. See how much you remember about those events.

A multiple-choice quiz by James25. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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James25
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5 mins
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Dec 03 21
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1. The first square that Getha visits is the Tiananmen Square in Beijing, the capital of China. In 1989 the square was the scene of a protest that ended in a massacre. Chinese soldiers killed several protesters on or near the square. The symbol of these protests was a man that staged a form of silent protest during the events. What is the name this man is known by? Hint

Super Man
Student Man
Tank Man
Military Man

2. At the start of 2011 there were protests in Egypt against the reigning president, asking for reforms to the political system. The protests were mostly at the Tahrir square in the city of Cairo. Getha visits this square as second on her trip. Who is the president that was eventually forced to resign as a result of the protests? Hint

Muammar al-Gaddafi
Anwar El Sadat
Hosni Mubarak
Zine El Abidine Ben Ali

3. The third square that Getha visits, is the Red Square, located in the Russian capital of Moscow. In 1987 a German pilot managed to land his plane near this square on a bridge close to the St. Basil's Cathedral. What was the name of the German aviator, that pulled off this daring stunt? Hint

Mathias Rust
Hermann Frommherz
Klaus Ohlmann
Reinhold Tiling

4. The fourth square on Getha's itinerary is the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. This square has long been the meeting place of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, a group of Argentinian mothers who are fighting for justice to be done to their children, who were abducted during the so-called "Dirty War" between the years of 1976 and 1983. Which article of clothing symbolizes this organisation and is also painted on the ground on the square? Hint

Red Hat
Black Jacket
White Shawl
Yellow Dress

5. The fifth location to be visited by Getha is the Azadi Square in Tehran, the capital of Iran. The square was the scene of many protests leading up to the Iranian Revolution in 1979. In 2009 the square formed the location of protests following the 2009 election victory by the reigning Iranian president. Which president won the controversial elections in 2009? Hint

Mir-Hossein Mousavi
Parviz Davoodi
Mohammad Khatami
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

6. Number six on the list of squares to visit for Getha is the famous Times Square in New York. In May 2010 a terrorist attack was planned by detonating a car bomb. The bomb failed to go off and fortunately could be disarmed. The car that was used was reported to be a SUV, but which type of SUV supposedly popular with boy scouts was it? Hint

Chevrolet Tahoe
Mazda Navajo
Toyota Sequoia
Nissan Pathfinder

7. The next stop for Getha is the Revolution Square in Bucharest, the capital of Romania. This square is closely associated with the rise and fall of Romanian politician Nicolae Ceausescu. In 1968 a mass meeting was staged here at the height of his career, in 1989 another mass meeting led to his regime being overthrown. What became of Nicolae and his wife Elena? Hint

They fled to Russia where they lived in exile
They were given a life sentence and imprisoned
They regained power with the help of the army
They were executed by a firing squad

8. The eighth square on Getha's trip is the Plaza de la Revolucion in Havana, the capital of Cuba. The square was used for many political rallies and was the scene of the speeches of a former president, at least twice a year. Which president was famous for his long speeches and was in office between 1976 and 2008? Hint

Osvaldo Dorticos Corrado
Fidel Castro
Manuel Urritia Lleo
Jose Miro Cardona

9. The ninth square to visit for Getha is the Zocalo, the main square in Mexico City. As one of the central places in the city, it is often used as a gathering place for Mexicans. A lot of protests are held here too, because it is the center of government. In 1968 the Zocalo was the starting point of an important event. What major sports event was this a part of? Hint

South American Games
World Soccer Championships
Summer Olympics
Commonwealth Games

10. The last square on Getha's list is the Wenceslas Square in Prague. In 1989 the square was the scene of a series of demonstrations leading to the communist government being overthrown. What is the name given to the non-violent revolution that took place in the former country of Czechoslovakia? Hint

Carnation Revolution
Singing Revolution
Velvet Revolution
Log Revolution


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. The first square that Getha visits is the Tiananmen Square in Beijing, the capital of China. In 1989 the square was the scene of a protest that ended in a massacre. Chinese soldiers killed several protesters on or near the square. The symbol of these protests was a man that staged a form of silent protest during the events. What is the name this man is known by?

Answer: Tank Man

In April 1989 protests were staged at the Tiananmen Square in Beijing. They started after the death of Hu Yaobang, a former leader of the Communist Party. The protests were mostly started by students and intellectuals and eventually led to the incident on June 4th, when soldiers opened fire on the protesters, in an attempt to clear the square. The exact number of deaths still remains unknown.

The day after the massacre a man staged a silent protest, as he stood in front of a column of tanks holding a bag in each hand, stopping their progress across the square. He earned the nickname "Tank Man" as a result and became a symbol of the protest. His real name is supposedly Wang Weilin, but his exact identity remains unknown, as the Chinese government has not confirmed the information about him.
2. At the start of 2011 there were protests in Egypt against the reigning president, asking for reforms to the political system. The protests were mostly at the Tahrir square in the city of Cairo. Getha visits this square as second on her trip. Who is the president that was eventually forced to resign as a result of the protests?

Answer: Hosni Mubarak

Muhammad Hosni Sayyid Mubarak was born on the 4th of May 1928 in Kafr-El-Meselha. After holding various military posts such as Chief of Staff of the Air Force and Air Chief Marshal, he was appointed as vice-president in 1975 by Anwar El-Sadat, the third president of Egypt. After the assassination of Sadat in 1981, Mubarak took over as president.

At the start of 2011 protests broke out in Egypt, fueled by growing grievances about the government policies. The protests were also inspired by similar protests in Tunisia, that had led to the overthrow of president Ben Ali. The protest mostly centred around the Tahrir Square in the capital, Cairo. At first Mubarak announced that he would not take part in the presidential election in September and promised reforms. He did resign however on 11 February 2011. The protests in Egypt and Tunisia have led to similar protest in other countries in North Africa and the Middle East.
3. The third square that Getha visits, is the Red Square, located in the Russian capital of Moscow. In 1987 a German pilot managed to land his plane near this square on a bridge close to the St. Basil's Cathedral. What was the name of the German aviator, that pulled off this daring stunt?

Answer: Mathias Rust

Mathias Rust started his famous flight in Finland from the airport of Helsinki. He told air traffic control that he was due to fly to Stockholm. Soon after departure he headed east and turned off all his communication equipment. His plan was to land in the Kremlin, but he feared that would lead to him being arrested by the KGB and the covering up of the incident. When landing on the Red Square also turned out to be impossible, due to the many visitors, he set sight to landing on a bridge near St. Basil's Cathedral.

After his arrest he was sentenced to four years in prison, but was allowed to return to Germany in 1988. Rust has mentioned that he wanted to create a bridge between East and West, at the time of the Cold War.
4. The fourth square on Getha's itinerary is the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. This square has long been the meeting place of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, a group of Argentinian mothers who are fighting for justice to be done to their children, who were abducted during the so-called "Dirty War" between the years of 1976 and 1983. Which article of clothing symbolizes this organisation and is also painted on the ground on the square?

Answer: White Shawl

"The Dirty War" took place between 1976 and 1983. It is characterized by government violence, primarily associated with the regime of dictator Jorge Videla. Many activists were abducted, tortured and killed during this period. The number of people not accounted for is estimated somewhere between 9,000 and 30,000. The Plaza del Mayo was the meeting place for a group of mothers, who wanted justice done for their children. This led to the organisation The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo. They mainly fought to find out what happened to their children and wanted those responsible for the kidnappings to be brought to justice.

The symbol of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo has become the white shawl. They have worn these shawls during protests and had the names of their children embroidered on to them. They symbolise the blankets of their lost children.
5. The fifth location to be visited by Getha is the Azadi Square in Tehran, the capital of Iran. The square was the scene of many protests leading up to the Iranian Revolution in 1979. In 2009 the square formed the location of protests following the 2009 election victory by the reigning Iranian president. Which president won the controversial elections in 2009?

Answer: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was born on 28th October 1956 in Aradan. He has been Governor of the province of Ardabil and Mayor of Tehran. In 2005 he was elected as the sixth President of Iran, succeeding Mohammad Khatami. In 2009 he won the presidential election by defeating Mir-Hossein Mousavi and was sworn in for a second term as president.

His victory in 2009 elections fueled protests, as supporters of Mousavi claimed that it was the result of fraud. Official investigations were started, but no evidence of fraud was uncovered, even though many claim that the results were rigged anyway. In 2011 protests erupted again, in relation to the protests in other countries in the Middle East, fighting oppressive regimes.
6. Number six on the list of squares to visit for Getha is the famous Times Square in New York. In May 2010 a terrorist attack was planned by detonating a car bomb. The bomb failed to go off and fortunately could be disarmed. The car that was used was reported to be a SUV, but which type of SUV supposedly popular with boy scouts was it?

Answer: Nissan Pathfinder

The incident on Times Square took place on May 1st, 2010. In the evening people noticed that smoke was drifting from the back of a Nissan Pathfinder parked near the square with the hazard lights on. It was parked near the Minskoff theatre, where at the time the musical "Lion King" was playing. When the investigating officer noticed smoke canisters, a bomb disposal unit was immediately called to the scene. After an evacuation of the area, the car was further investigated. The car caught fire, but the bomb failed to go off.

Two days later, Faisal Shahzad, a 30-year-old from Bridgeport was arrested. He later confessed to the planned terrorist attack. He was reported to have wanted to kill Americans on one of the busiest locations of the city. If the attack had been successful, he had planned attacks on the Rockefeller Center and the World Financial Center among others.
7. The next stop for Getha is the Revolution Square in Bucharest, the capital of Romania. This square is closely associated with the rise and fall of Romanian politician Nicolae Ceausescu. In 1968 a mass meeting was staged here at the height of his career, in 1989 another mass meeting led to his regime being overthrown. What became of Nicolae and his wife Elena?

Answer: They were executed by a firing squad

Nicolae Ceasescu was born on 26th January 1918 in Scornicesti. He met his wife Elena Petrescu in 1940. They were married in 1946. He became the head of the Minstry of Agriculture in 1947, when the Communist Party came into power. He became President of the State Council, the governing body in Romania, in 1967. In 1974 changes were made to the Romanian constitution changing the power of the State Council. From that time on Ceausescu was both President of the State Council and President of Romania.

In November 1989 Ceausescu was re-elected as leader of the Romanian Communist Party. At this time demonstrations had erupted, after the attempted eviction of Hungarian pastor Laszlo Tokes, who was accused of inciting ethnic hatred. Eventually the protest were directed towards the government in general. The mass meeting at the Revolution Square, which was held on the 21st of December led to chaos. Nicolae and his wife fled by helicopter to the city of Targoviste. Here they were arrested by the police and convicted of various crimes. They were executed on Christmas Day by a firing squad.
8. The eighth square on Getha's trip is the Plaza de la Revolucion in Havana, the capital of Cuba. The square was used for many political rallies and was the scene of the speeches of a former president, at least twice a year. Which president was famous for his long speeches and was in office between 1976 and 2008?

Answer: Fidel Castro

Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz was born August 13th 1926 in Biran. He grew up on a sugar plantation. He graduated from law school in 1950. He was involved in plans to overthrow the regime of president Fulgencio Batista. After Batista had fled in 1959, Castro took the role of Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces. He soon assumed the posistion as prime minister, by ousting both the acting prime minister Jose Miro Cardona and president Manuel Urritia Leo, who had taken over command. After changes in the governmental structure, Castro took over as President in 1976 and stayed in power until February 24th 2008, when his brother Raul succeeded him.

Fidel Castro is very much associated with long speeches. One of his longest speech is said to be a speech of four hours and twenty-nine minutes. It has been noted in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest speech ever delivered at the United Nations.
9. The ninth square to visit for Getha is the Zocalo, the main square in Mexico City. As one of the central places in the city, it is often used as a gathering place for Mexicans. A lot of protests are held here too, because it is the center of government. In 1968 the Zocalo was the starting point of an important event. What major sports event was this a part of?

Answer: Summer Olympics

In 1968 the Summer Olympics were held in Mexico City. It was the first time that the Olympic Games were held in Latin America. It was here that American athlete Bob Beamon set a world record in the long jump of 8.90 meters, a record that would hold until 1991. Leader of the medal table for this Summer Olympics was the United States with 45 gold, 28 silver and 34 bronze medals.

At the Zocalo the marathon was started. The men's race was won by Ethiopian athlete Mamo Wolde. He would also win the silver at the 10.000 meters and would go on to win the bronze medal in the marathon at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. There was no women's race yet at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City. The first women's marathon was held at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
10. The last square on Getha's list is the Wenceslas Square in Prague. In 1989 the square was the scene of a series of demonstrations leading to the communist government being overthrown. What is the name given to the non-violent revolution that took place in the former country of Czechoslovakia?

Answer: Velvet Revolution

In 1989 the Communist Party was in power in Czechoslovakia and had been since 1948. On November 17th 1989 a mass demonstration was organised by the Socialist Union of Youth in honour of International Students' Day and the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Czech student Jan Opletal, who was murdered by the Nazi government. The riot police suppressed the demonstration, which led to a series of similar demonstrations. With the number of people growing more and more, the Communist Party finally announced on November 28 that it would give up power.

The non-violent revolution was known as the Velvet Revolution. In 1993 the state of Czechoslovakia was separated and the Czech Republic and Slovakia became countries of their own. This was referred to as the Velvet divorce.
Source: Author James25

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