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A simple quiz I gave my POL 321 (Latin American Politics) students at Ole Miss on the first day of class. How many correct answers can you give?

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  1. 1. POL 321: Latin American Politics<br />Dr. Miguel Centellas<br />MWF 9-9:50<br />Holman 138<br />How well do you know Latin America?<br />
  2. 2. Cuba is the size of which US state?<br />Rhode Island<br />Ohio<br />New Jersey<br />Delaware<br />
  3. 3. Cuba is the size of which US state?<br />Answer: Ohio<br />With a total area of 42,803 square miles, Cuba is only slightly smaller than the state of Ohio (42,825 square miles).<br />Cuba is about 777 miles long. That’s almost the distance from New York to Chicago (792 miles).<br />
  4. 4. How many countries speak a language other than Spanish?*<br />1<br />2<br />3<br />4<br />* Not including the Caribbean islands or indigenous languages<br />
  5. 5. How many countries speak a language other than Spanish?<br />Answer: 4<br />Excluding Caribbean islands, a (European*) language other than Spanish is spoken in: Brazil (Portuguese), Belize & Guyana (English), and Suriname (Dutch).<br />* Indigenous languages are widely spoken in a number of countries<br />
  6. 6. Which country spends the most on military defense?<br />Brazil<br />Colombia<br />Venezuela<br />Mexico<br />
  7. 7. Which country spends the most on military defense?<br />Answer: Brazil<br />With military expenditures of nearly $24 billion in 2008, Brazil is the world’s 14th largest military budget.<br />That’s larger than any other country in Latin America. It’s also larger than Pakistan ($7.8 billion), Iran ($6.3 billion), or North Korea ($5.5 billion).<br />Source: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute<br />
  8. 8. What year was the last successful military coup in the region?<br />1973<br />1989<br />2000<br />2009<br />
  9. 9. What year was the last successful military coup in the region?<br />Answer: 2009<br />On June 28, 2009, the Honduran military seized the country’s president (Manuel Zelaya) and “deported” him to Costa Rica. The army then handed power to an interim civilian government led by the Speaker of Parliament (Roberto Micheletti).<br />
  10. 10. How many countries have signed free trade agreements with the US?<br />1<br />4<br />7<br />11<br />
  11. 11. How many countries have signed free trade agreements with the US?<br />Answer: 11<br />NAFTA is a free trade agreement with Mexico (and Canada).<br />CAFTA-DR includes Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic.<br />The US also has bilateral free trade deals with Colombia, Panama, Chile, and Peru.<br />

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