US Support of Coups in Latin America

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1. Sandino was an icon of which country's revolution?

2. In the context of this lesson, the last democratically elected president in Guatemala campaigned on which of the following?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

During the Cold War, there were multiple political coups in Latin America aimed at shifting power, and this worksheet/quiz pairing will assess your understanding of coups in Latin America that were aided by the United States of America. The questions will quiz you on reasons for U.S.-sponsored coups as well as key people and groups involved in the transfer of power in Latin America.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will assess your knowledge of these groups and concepts:

  • Revolutionary leader Augusto Sandino
  • The Iran-Contra Affair
  • The Sandinistas and their opposition
  • Formation of a Banana Republic

Skills Practiced

See how effectively you can use these skills by completing the quiz and worksheet:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about the U.S.-supported coups in Latin America from the related lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the campaign platform of the winner of the democratic election in Guatemala during the Cold War in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - verify that you can accurately define main ideas, such as the Iran-Contra Affair and Banana Republic
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about the Sandinistas

Additional Learning

Learn more about Latin American coups by reviewing the accompanying lesson called US Support of Coups in Latin America. The following objectives will be met through completion of the lesson:

  • Learn the primary political and economic reasons why the United States supported coups in Latin America
  • Understand why it was important for the United States to maintain control over the Panama Canal
  • Know the political leaning of the current leader of Nicaragua
  • Identify the sitting president of the United States during the events of Iran-Contra
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