Welcome to Centropa's first online Cold War quiz!

Test your knowledge of Cold War facts by choosing the correct multiple choice option.

Be sure to click "done" at the end (bottom of the page), so you can see which of your answers were correct, and learn some background information, as well.


The Centropa Team

* 1. What is your name? (We need this information only for announcing the results)

* 2. What is your email address? (Make sure to give us the correct address which you use regularly, as we are going to inform you about the results through this email). 

* 3. “If Stalin was alive there wouldn’t be anything left of us but a wet spot.” Who reportedly said that and at what occasion?

* 4. George H W Bush wrote a letter to Polish strongman Marshall Wojciech Jaruzelski just before the Polish elections of 1989. What did President Bush encourage Jaruzelski to do?

* 5. “It still stinks!” Graffito written on the side of Georgi Dimitrov’s mausoleum in Sofia. What was it referring to?

* 6. Dean Reed, an American, was a household name in East Germany. Who was he?

* 7. “Political reform will come to our country when pears grow on apple trees.” Who said that, and what happened to him?

* 8. Which came first in 1989: Poland voting in the first non-Communist prime minister, or the fall of the Berlin Wall?

* 9. “Ab sofort” (immediately) were the two most fateful words in postwar German history. WTF? Please explain.

* 10. “But they keep dying on me!” What was Ronald Reagan referring to when he said that?

* 11. Who was Che Guevara’s East German Jewish girlfriend and what happened to her?

* 12. Gennadi Gerasiimov, Mikhail Gorbachev’s spokesman, spoke of “the Sinatra doctrine” at a news conference in October 1989. What was he referring to?