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Question 1 of 7
Which of the following is not one of the Three Kingdoms that were a part of early Korean history?Correct 1 / 1 Points
Seong-gye. Yi Seong-gye was a general who established the Joseon Dynasty which lasted until 1910, when the Japanese began their occupation of the country.Incorrect / 1 Points
Seong-gye. Yi Seong-gye was a general who established the Joseon Dynasty which lasted until 1910, when the Japanese began their occupation of the country.
Question 2 of 7
When did the Japanese Occupation of Korea end?Correct 1 / 1 Points
Japan left Korea in 1945, after they were defeated in WWII.Incorrect / 1 Points
Japan left Korea in 1945, after they were defeated in WWII.
Question 3 of 7
Where are North and South Korea divided?Correct 1 / 1 Points
The countries split into the Communist North and the Democratic South in 1948.Incorrect / 1 Points
The countries split into the Communist North and the Democratic South in 1948.
Question 4 of 7
What side was the United States on during the Korean war?Correct 1 / 1 Points
The United States fought on the side of South Korea during the war, which was fought between 1950 and 1953, though N. Korea withdrew from the 1953 armistice which ended the war in May of 2009.Incorrect / 1 Points
The United States fought on the side of South Korea during the war, which was fought between 1950 and 1953, though N. Korea withdrew from the 1953 armistice which ended the war in May of 2009.
Question 5 of 7
When did Kim Jong-il become the leader of North Korea?Correct 1 / 1 Points
Jong-il took power about four months after his father, Kim Il-sung died in 1998.Incorrect / 1 Points
Jong-il took power about four months after his father, Kim Il-sung died in 1998.
Question 6 of 7
Which Olympic games were help in Seoul, South Korea?Correct 1 / 1 Points
The 1988 Summer Olympics were held in Seoul. Highlights from those games include diver Greg Louganis hitting his head on the platform and the introduction of table tennis.Incorrect / 1 Points
The 1988 Summer Olympics were held in Seoul. Highlights from those games include diver Greg Louganis hitting his head on the platform and the introduction of table tennis.
Question 7 of 7
South Korea is known for its advancement in what technology?Correct 1 / 1 Points
South Korea was recently ranked number one in download speed at 20.4 megabits per second.Incorrect / 1 Points
South Korea was recently ranked number one in download speed at 20.4 megabits per second.
(AP) A South Korean worker sweeps away fallen snow inside the Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul, South Korea.
(AP) South Korean Buddhists and tourists carry giant lanterns designed in the shape of characters from a Buddhism legend in a parade during the Lotus Lantern Festival to celebrate the upcoming birthday of Buddha on May 2, on a street in Seoul, South Korea
(AP) Members of a group preserving martial arts traditions from the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) perform their skills for tourists at a public event in Suwon, South Korea, Friday, May 15, 2009.
(AP) Tourists play with mud during the Boryeong Mud Festival on Daecheon Beach in Boryeong, south of Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, July 11, 2009. The 12th annual mud festival, which takes place in July, features mud wrestling, mud sliding and a mud king contest.
The locals claim the mud has special powers -- including being great for the skin and the ability to put people into a good mood.
(AP) In this photo taken Thursday, April 16, 2009, a tourist reads a book at a traditional Korean house Hanok at Tea Guest House in Seoul, South Korea. With the South Korean currency, called the won, down against the dollar, now's the time to wander the grounds of 600-year-old palaces, meditate in Buddhist temples and trawl cafes and markets in the labyrinthine capital city, Seoul.
(AP) Tourists visit the PIFF Plaza during the 13th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) on the Haeundae Beach in Busan, south of Seoul, South Korea.
(AP) A South Korean woman walks past an advertisement for the Diamond Mountain resort in North Korea, at the headquarters of Hyundai Asan, which operates the resort as a tourist enclave inside the communist North, last year.
South Korea recently called for talks with North Korea on restarting tours to scenic Diamond Mountain resort, a joint project that began 10 years ago Tuesday and had fostered hopes of reconciliation on the divided peninsula.
(AP) The South Korean national soccer team celebrate in front of their fans after qualifying for the World Cup 2010, after beating the UAE 2-0, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, June 6, 2009.
(AP) In this photo released from South Korean Navy and distributed by Yonhap news agency, South Korean navy warship and submarine participate in a maritime military drill in the sea, off the coast of South Korea, Friday, May 15, 2009.
North Korea declared all contracts on running a lucrative, joint industrial complex with South Korea invalid Friday, the latest move that raises tensions on the Korean peninsula.
South Korean cargo trucks and vehicles wait to head to the North Korean city of Kaesong as South Korean Army soldiers, bottom, stand guard at the customs, immigration and quarantine office in Paju, near the border village of the Panmunjom (DMZ) that separates the two Koreas since the Korean War, north of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009.