Question: How many republics made up the former Soviet Union?
Answer: The Soviet Union, at its end, was made up of 15 republics. The largest and most powerful was the Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic, now Russia.
Question: When was the first Nobel Prize in economics awarded?
Answer: The Nobel Prize in economics was established in 1969. It was first awarded to Ragnar Frisch and Jan Tinbergen, who specialized in macroeconomics.
Question: Which book was written by Niccolò Machiavelli?
Answer: In The Prince, Niccolò Machiavelli studied the world of politics by using reason and scientific methods. He did not judge people’s actions as good or bad; instead, he simply observed them.
Question: Of what country was Simón Bolívar president?
Answer: Simón Bolívar, besides being president of Gran Colombia (1821–30), was also the president of Peru (1823–29).
Question: Which Indian president was involved in the struggle for Irish independence?
Answer: V.V. Giri, India’s president from 1969 to 1974, studied in Dublin, Ireland, where he became involved in the movement to free Ireland from British rule.
Question: Who was Karl Marx’s associate and fellow political theoretician?
Answer: In 1844, Karl Marx met a young socialist named Friedrich Engels, with whom he developed many of his ideas.
Question: Where were the Aegean Bronze Age civilizations located?
Answer: The Bronze Age Aegean civilizations, including the Minoans of Crete and the Myceneans of the mainland, were located in what is now Greece.
Question: Which of these battles did not involve Roman soldiers?
Answer: The battle of Thermopylae was fought in 480 BCE between the invading Persians and an alliance of Greek city-states.
Temple ruins of columns and statures at Karnak, Egypt (Egyptian architecture; Egyptian archaelogy; Egyptian history)
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