Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

Eduardo Galeano
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What nickname does the author give the USA?
(a) The great consumer.
(b) The vast unknowable.
(c) The end of iron.
(d) The world policeman.

2. What did Mariano Melgarejo force a British ambassador to drink as punishment for sneering at the local chichas?
(a) A bottle of bad wine.
(b) A barrel of chocolate.
(c) A tub of stale beer.
(d) Water from the Amazon.

3. What famous saying was associated with Guanajuato?
(a) "A stitch in time saves nine."
(b) "Father a merchant, son a gentleman, grandson a beggar."
(c) "A city of wisdom."
(d) "Gold and silver to be had, for a price."

4. Especially in Guatemala, what is the structure of the labor force visibly identified with?
(a) Poverty.
(b) Wealth.
(c) Racism.
(d) Minifundios.

5. Who is the "king of tin"?
(a) Simon Ituri Patino.
(b) Tupac Amaru.
(c) Jose Manuel Balmaceda.
(d) John Thomas North.

6. Who was the English monarch at the time of this incident?
(a) King George I, who declared war on Bolivia.
(b) Queen Elizabeth II, who ignored the incident.
(c) King Henry VIII, after which congratulated Melgarejo on being creative.
(d) Queen Victoria, after which claimed Bolivia no longer existed.

7. What law did Juan Domingo Peron impose in Argentina in compliance with minimum wage?
(a) The Agrarian Revolution.
(b) The Statute of the Peon.
(c) The Latafundios Abolition Act.
(d) The Agricultural Division Act.

8. In Haiti, what does the rainbow symbolize?
(a) The rainbow symbolizes the largest sugar harvest on record anywhere in the world.
(b) The rainbow symbolizes slaves who escaped to the west side of the island and reconstructed their African way of life.
(c) The rainbow symbolizes the victory in the Haitian Civil War.
(d) The rainbow symbolizes the European ships that came to take the Africans to Haiti so long ago.

9. After the war between Bolivia and Paraguay, who eventually claimed the land Paraguay won in the conflict?
(a) Bolivia.
(b) Brazil.
(c) Argentina.
(d) The USA.

10. Though the Indians of Latin American had a population of 70 million before foreign invasion, how many remained after 150 years?
(a) 50 million.
(b) 3.5 million.
(c) 15 million.
(d) None.

11. Because of a deal with the USA, in how many years may Brazil run out of manganese for its own steel industry?
(a) 25.
(b) 100.
(c) 5.
(d) 15.

12. About how much of the price yielded by coffee going from Colombia to the US goes into the wages of the coffee workers?
(a) 0.5%
(b) 25%.
(c) 5%.
(d) 10%.

13. What great innovations did the sugar slave trade directly fund?
(a) The invention of the automobile.
(b) The Aztec Temples.
(c) Britain's Great Western Railway.
(d) The Spanish trade route.

14. How did the USA attempt to curtail Brazil's petroleum trade?
(a) They provided oil to rival countries.
(b) They gave Brazilian oil a grade "C."
(c) They asked Brazil nicely not to sell to anyone else.
(d) They declared war and took all the oil fields.

15. What was the Chaco War of 1932-1935?
(a) An Indian-rights war between Chile and Peru.
(b) A petroleum-sparked war between Bolivia and Paraguay.
(c) A silver-sparked war between Argentina and Ecuador.
(d) A manganese war between Brazil and Argentina.

Short Answer Questions

1. How much silver was retained in the Spanish economy from 1540-1550?

2. In which country did Emilian Zapata introduce radical agrarian reform?

3. What analogy does Paul Baran use to explain the division of labor with the arrival of capitalism?

4. What year did Columbus "discover" America?

5. What do coffee and petroleum have in common?

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