June 2015

Korea’s Ongoing Divide

On June 25, 1950, North and South Korea went to war with each other. This ended in stalemate three years and one month later with an armistice that continues to present. Since then, the two countries have pursued very different paths. We wonder: How big is South Korea’s economy compared to that of its northern rival?

A. Half as large
B. Two times larger
C. Four times larger
D. Over 40 times larger

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Toward Another Chinese Silk Road?

For some 1,500 years, the Silk Road linked trade networks that spanned about 4,000 miles from China to the Middle East and Europe. It has remained in people’s imaginations even longer. We wonder: Which of the following statements about the Silk Road today are true?

A. China is promoting a new Silk Road to expand global trade.
B. A modern Silk Road would use both land and sea routes.
C. Central Asian nations could prove to be a stumbling block.

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