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Poland - Kosciuszko, whose defensive strategy helped Horatio Gates win the Battle of Saratoga, was given dictatorial powers, and after some success, he ended up a Russian prisoner.After helping the US win its independence, Tadeusz Kosciuszko went back home to help what country fight Russia and Prussia?

       a. Finland
       b. Hungary
       c. Poland
       d. Romania

Krakow - The cathedral is dedicated to Poland’s patron saint, Stanislas, who was slain before its altar in 1079 on orders from King Boleslaw II.Polish heroes Tadeusz Kosciuszko and King Jan III Sobieski are both buried in a cathedral in what city, which was once Poland's capital?

       a. Bratislava
       b. Krakow
       c. Dresden
       d. Leipzig

Berlin - It separated the American and Russian sectors of BerlinAn improvised shack called Checkpoint Charlie once symbolized the divisiveness of what city?

       a. Belfast
       b. Detroit
       c. Berlin
       d. Rome

Iraq - Saddam Hussein drained most of their delta, destroying a fragile ecosystem. While most Iraqis are Shia, the Marsh Arabs are Sunni, descended from Sumerians.At one time, they were severely persecuted. The Marsh Arabs live in the marshes of what country?

       a. Syria
       b. Iraq
       c. Lebanon
       d. Turkey

Iroquois - Inspired by a prophet named Deganawidah, in about 1550, Hiawatha selected a spot near Syracuse as the headquarters of the alliance.What Indian confederacy in New York State included the Mohawk, Onondaga, Cayuga, Oneida and Seneca?

       a. Iroquois
       b. Apache
       c. Sioux
       d. Seminole

Poland - The Czechs got a slice, too, as well as Sudetenland. Poland's chunk of German territory included Danzig, to give it a Baltic Sea port, cutting off East Prussia. The Paris peace talks that led to the Treaty of Versailles brought world attention to obscure bits of Europe, most of which Germany or Austria-Hungary had to give up. Which country took Upper Silesia from Germany?

       a. Poland
       b. Denmark
       c. Belgium
       d. France

India - He was India’s only ace, with 10 victories before he was killed himself. Indra Roy was which country's sole WWI flying ace?

       a. India
       b. Australia
       c. Japan
       d. Canada

Victor Emmanuel III - He fled Rome in 1943 and later passed power to his son Umberto II. That lasted just 33 days. A referendum quashed the monarchy.In 1936, who declared himself Emperor of Ethiopia and later declared himself King of Albania?

       a. Haile Selassie
       b. George VI
       c. Victor Emmanuel III
       d. Juan Carlos I

Krakow - Poland's medieval kings were crowned in Krakow.In 1596, King Sigismund III moved the capital of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth to the more central Warsaw, and away from what city on the Vistula River?

       a. Lodz
       b. Vilnius
       c. Krakow
       d. Gdansk

No, he was shot down in France - That would be the Red Baron.Did WWI's leading ace survive the war?

       a. No, he died on influenza
       b. Yes, he is France's Rene Fonck
       c. No, he was shot down in France
       d. Yes, he is Eddie Rickenbacker

Great Britain - In 1955, Belgian foreign minister Paul-Henri Spaak got the six ECSC members to form what became an even bigger project, the European Economic Community.The European Coal and Steel Community, which became what is today called the European Union, was made up of the Benelux countries and all but which of these nations?

       a. West Germany
       b. Great Britain
       c. France
       d. Italy

The United States of Europe - Brandy merchant Jean Monnet had founded the Commissariat au Plan, a government agency that shepherded French industrial rebuilding.From its founding in 1955 to its disbanding in 1975, Jean Monnet headed an "action committee" calling for something. What?

       a. The United States of Europe
       b. Global nuclear disarmament
       c. Protection of endangered species
       d. Space exploration

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