Conflicts During the Cold War: Examples & Causes


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What enabled the Afghan mujahideen fighters to resist Soviet occupation and eventually drive the Soviet Army from Afghanistan?

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1. Support for which of the following encouraged the US to fight communist uprisings even in small, seemingly strategically unimportant nations?

2. Which Soviet communist leader promoted the idea that communist nations should safeguard against reform not only domestically but in other communist countries?

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help you review what you've learned about the Cold War, including how it drew both sides into a series of wars and military conflicts around the world. The quiz questions will cover important terms, names, policies and dates.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Evaluate how well you understand the following:

  • The guerrilla force in Afghanistan that received U.S. assistance
  • Cold War-era U.S. foreign policy
  • The Russian premier who bolstered communist ideology
  • Where the Soviets placed nuclear-capable missiles
  • Significant dates in the Cold War

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access your knowledge on major conflicts during the Cold War
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to explain actions by communist countries during the Cold War
  • Making connections - examine how the Cold War affected American politics and attitudes

Additional Learning

The lesson titled Conflicts During the Cold War: Examples, Causes & Quiz sheds further light on this era. Objectives covered by this lesson include those listed below:

  • Define the term Cold War
  • Know some of the major military conflicts that occurred during this era
  • Understand the term Red Scare
  • Review the ideologies and theories that fueled the Cold War
  • Define proxy war