Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner, complained when conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt asked him a "gotcha" question earlier this month about Qasem Soleimani, an Iranian general who heads the Islamic Republic's elite, shadowy Quds Force. Trump proceeded to talk about Kurds, much to the media's general amusement.

So here's a chance for a do-over.

WorldViews presents this world knowledge challenge to Trump and anyone else who wants to take charge of the planet's sole superpower. The rest of you can play along, too.

1

So, let's get this out of the way. Who here is Qassem Soleimani?

This guy.

This guy.

This guy.

This guy.

2

Who/what are the Kurds?

A caste of cheese makers originally from lands near the Caspian Sea
A stateless ethnic group living mostly in parts of Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran
A guerrilla organization with a long history of violence across the Middle East
Clumps of coagulated milk

3

Who is the supposed leader of the Islamic State, a jihadist organization based in Syria and Iraq?

Ayman al-Zawahiri
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Abdel Fattah el-Sissi
Abed Rabbo Manour Hadi

4

According to the UN, the world’s most populous country in 2022 will be…

China
Indonesia
India
Brazil

5

EUROPE-MIGRANTS/CAMERON-AID; Susana Vera, Susana Vera

This is David Cameron. Who is he?

Britain’s head of state
Britain’s head of government
Britain’s foreign minister
Britain’s ambassador to the U.S.

6

Which nation is the U.S.’s single biggest trading partner?

Canada
China
Mexico
Japan

7

This foreign nation "recognized" the independence of the United States in 1777, before any other country. Which one was it?

France
Morocco
Britain
Spain

8

AUSTRIA-WEATHER/; Dominic Ebenbichler, Dominic Ebenbichler

What’s the official language of Austria?

Austrian
German
Hapsburgese
Romansh

9

Which of these is not actually a country?

Tajikistan
Kyrgyzstan
Kyrzbekistan
Uzbekistan

10

; Kari Lydersen

How big, roughly, is the continent of Africa?

More than two times the size of the U.S.
More than four times the size of China
More than three times the size of India
More than three times the size of the U.S.

11

The Lebanese militant organization, Hezbollah, is associated with which sect of Islam?

Sunnism
Salafism
Shi'ism
Deobandism

12

Which of these islands is not U.S. territory?

Pitcairn
Saipan
Guam
Navassa

13

This is the flag of which country?

Germany
Angola
Belgium
Macedonia

14

Which of these countries has its own nuclear weapon arsenal?

Saudi Arabia
Iran
Germany
Israel

15

NATO flag; Istockphoto

Which country is not a member of NATO, a Western military alliance?

Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Estonia

16

After the U.S., which NATO member has the largest army?

Britain
Germany
Turkey
France

17

On its own, U.S. defense spending is believed to be greater than the combined budgets of the next how many top spending governments?

3
4
6
7

18

Which of these countries is the U.S. not bound by treaty to defend?

Britain
Turkey
New Zealand
Latvia

19

Which of these countries did U.S. troops never invade?

Haiti
Panama
Argentina
The Philippines

20

What do Islam Karimov, Nursultan Nazarbayev, Yoweri Museveni, and King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud have in common?

They are leaders of their countries.
They preside over authoritarian regimes with questionable human rights records.
They receive or have received significant U.S. support.
All of the above.

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