Magazine article Foreign Policy

The FP Quiz

Magazine article Foreign Policy

The FP Quiz

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Are you a globalization junkie? Then test your knowledge of global trends, economics, and politics with 8 questions about how the world works.

1 What percentage of the world's cell-phone accounts are in developing countries?

a) 25 percent

b) 50 percent

c) 75 percent

2 Which country has the most special operations forces?

a) Russia

b) North Korea

c) Israel

3 How much did foreign direct investment worldwide fall in the first quarter of 2009 compared with the same period in 2008?

a) 17 percent

b) 31 percent

c) 44 percent

4 How many people worldwide serve in the military?

a) 10.5 million

b) 20.5 million

c) 40.5 million

5 By how much did opium poppy cultivation change in Afghanistan from 2008 to 2009?

a) up 22 percent

b) remained stable

c) down 22 percent

6 After Mexico, which country has the highest rate of teen births?

a) Czech Republic

b) Turkey

c) United States

7 By what percentage has the number of coastal "dead zones," or areas inhospitable to marine life, increased since 1960?

a) 500 percent

b) 1,500 percent

c) 4,000 percent

8 China is predicted to overtake the United States as the world's largest automobile market by what year?

a) 2015

b) 2030

c) 2050

Answers to the FP Quiz

1) C, 75 percent. In 2009, 3 billion of the world's 4 billion cell-phone subscriptions were in developing countries, up from one-fourth of the world's total in 2000, the Economist recently reported. Connecting the poor has major benefits for the developing world. An additional 10 cell phones per 100 people in a developing country raises per capita GDP 8/10 of a percentage point, a recent study found.

2) B, North Korea. Increasingly unable to maintain and fuel its aging tanks and other equipment--and shocked at how easily the United States destroyed Iraq's tanks--North Korea has concluded that it can't win a conventional war, the Washington Post recently reported. Thus, the country has rapidly increased its special operations forces to at least 80,000, far more than even the United States' 51,000. Korean special forces are reportedly being trained in low-cost, low-tech terrorist methods refined by insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan, including building improvised explosive devices and roadside bombs.

3) C, 44 percent. Foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows for the first quarter of 2009 plunged to nearly half what they were during the same period in 2008, according to the 2009 Wodd Inveslmenf Report, published by the U. …

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