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Argentina Quiz

Argentina was thrust into the international spotlight in the winter of 2001. Citizens from all walks of life joined together, demanding political and economic reform, and an end to favoritism and corruption. Test your knowlede of the recent turmoil, as well as Argentina's geography, history, and culture.

1. On December 28 and 29th, thousands of Argentine citizens living in the capital city of Buenos Aires marched in protest, frustrated by a government and economy in a state of collapse. What object(s) were wielded on their march to the town square?

A: pots and pans
B: banners with political slogans
C: forks and knives
D: crude dolls made to resemble political figures

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2. During the protest, Argentines felt:

A: Torrential monsoon rains
B: Numbing cold and winds
C: A sweltering summer heat
D: A mild breeze

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3. In legislative elections last October, Argentine citizens elected all 72 senators and half of the 257 members of the Chamber of Deputies. For whom did record numbers of Argentines vote?

A. A popular cartoon character named Clemente
B. Their favorite soccer club
C. The didn't: ballots were kept blank
D. All of the above

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4. In terms of land mass, how does Argentina rank amongst the 100th largest countries in the world?

A. 10th
B. 8th
C. 5th
D. 34th

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5. During 1989, the last year of Raul Alfonsin's presidency, Argentina experienced a period of hyperinflation. What was rate of inflation that year?

A. 100%
B. 42%
C. 2.9%
D. 5,000%

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Argentina in its own words: Links to and Information on the Argentine News Media

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Argentina: Running out of Patience

Leadership Vacuum in an Economic Black Hole

Argentina Seeks Escape from Anarchy

Argentina's Agony

Tango on a Tightrope—Default, Dollarization, or Knockout: Argentina Approaches the Abyss

Argentina: Living Dangerously

Argentina: Menem Under Arrest

Those Who Ruined Argentina
Laurent Joffrin, Le Nouvel Observateur (left-wing weekly), Paris, France, Jan. 10, 2002

Argentina: Beyond the Crisis, Routine?
Marcos Roitman Rosenmann, La Jornada (left-wing), Mexico City, Mexico, Jan. 3, 2002

Argentina: Total Solidarity with the Victims
La Nación (conservative), Buenos Aires, Argentina , Sep. 13, 2001