November 2017

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Emerging Market Billionaires

There are 20 people around the world who have an individual net worth of at least $40 billion each. We wonder: How many of the world’s 20 richest people live in emerging market countries?

A. 1
B. 2
C. 4
D. 12
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Unretiring: Africa’s Longest-Serving Strongmen

On November 21, 2017, Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe resigned, after being in power for 37 years. Prior to his resignation, he was Africa’s second-longest serving leader. We wonder: Which current African leader has ruled his country even longer than Mugabe did?

A. Paul Biya of Cameroon
B. Yoweri Museveni of Uganda
C. Mswati III of Swaziland
D. Teodoro Obiang of Equatorial Guinea
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China and India: Back to the Future?

With every new economic milestone reached by China, other countries are becoming increasingly nervous about China’s economic rise. India is also on track to attain a much more significant role in the global economy. We wonder: What share of world GDP did China and India account for two centuries ago – back in 1820?

A. 18%
B. 25%
C. 30%
D. 50%
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Image Credit: Tropenmuseum, part of the National Museum of World Cultures

Who Avoided Colonization?

Malaysians are wild about soccer. Most Filipinos still have Spanish-influenced names. English is the most common language in Singaporean homes. Croissants, baguettes and coffee are still popular in Vietnam. All of these items are reflections of European colonialism. Yet, there is one country in Southeast Asia that was never a European colony. Can you name it?

A. Indonesia
B. Thailand
C. Myanmar
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