Deception and Disinformation: The Propaganda Quiz

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Propaganda guides our views on religion, politics and even one another. Take our quiz to see how much you know about some of the most famous propaganda campaigns in history.

What did the term "propaganda" refer to before the 17th century?

"Propaganda" has Latin origins. It originally referred to the reproduction of animals and plants before taking on its current association with politics and commercial uses.

Who first coined the term "propaganda" to refer to spreading a message?

During the 17th century Pope Gregory XIII established the De Propaganda Fide, which consisted of three cardinals tasked with spreading the message of Catholicism.

Who wants YOU for the U.S. Army?

In one of the most famous propaganda posters of all time, Uncle Sam points at his audience, with the slogan "I Want You for U.S. Army."

Who was the symbol for the U.S. before Uncle Sam?

Before Uncle Sam, Columbia — land of Columbus — was used as a female representation of the U.S. She can be found in many political posters and ads dated from the early 20th century or before.

Who was Uncle Sam named after?

Uncle Sam got his name from Sam Wilson, a meatpacker who supplied meat to U.S. troops during the War of 1812.

What year was the iconic Uncle Sam image created?

The image on the "I Want You" posters was created by James Flagg and first published in 1916 on the cover of Leslie's Weekly with the slogan "what are you doing for preparedness?"

How many copies of the famous "I Want You" poster were printed?

More than 4 million copies of the Uncle Sam poster were printed between 1917 and 1918 as World War I efforts ramped up in the U.S.

True or false: The Pentagon has a budget dedicated to propaganda.

In 2012, the Pentagon's propaganda budget was $202 million, up from a mere $9 million in 2005.

What is the secret message hidden in the 2014 Central American pop song "<i>La Bestia</i>"?

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency commissioned the 2014 hit, which warned Central Americans against the dangers of immigrating to the U.S.

What is "<i>La Bestia</i>" mentioned in the song?

"La Bestia," or the Beast, is a nickname for a freight train that takes a deadly route through Mexico and is used by many hopeful immigrants to travel to the U.S.

What was the message behind the iconic "we can do it!" poster?

The classic "we can do it!" poster is often associated with feminism, but it's actually one of a series of posters designed to increase productivity in the workplace.

True or false: The woman in the "we can do it!" poster is Rosie the Riveter.

The iconic image was never known as Rosie the Riveter. It wasn't until the image enjoyed a '80s resurgence that people began to refer to the woman in this J. Howard Miller image as Rosie.

What company was the "we can do it!" poster designed for?

Just 1,800 copies of the poster were made. They hung in the offices of Westinghouse Electric Corporation for around two weeks in 1943 before they were abandoned and largely forgotten for nearly half a century.

Who created the real image of Rosie the Riveter?

Norman Rockwell's image of Rosie the Riveter was much more authentic than the "we can do it!" image. It was published in the Saturday Evening Post on May 23, 1943.

What's under Rosie the Riveter's feet in the famous image?

Rosie the Riveter's foot is on "<i>Mein Kampf</i>." The sweat and dirt of her work is on her face, and an American flag is in the background of the image.

True or false: One in four married U.S. women worked outside of the home by 1945.

The Rosie propaganda was so effective that one in four married women had a job outside the home by 1945, and women represented 37 percent of the workforce that same year.

What group's rise was captured in the 1915 film "The Birth of a Nation"?

This silent 1915 film outlined the rise of the Klansmen and was seen as a powerful piece of propaganda at the time.

What year was "Battleship Potemkin" released?

This 1925 film, which depicted a 1905 revolution, was banned in many places for its pro-revolutionary message.

True or false: "Casablanca" was partially funded by the U.S. government.

It may seem like a simple love story, but "Casablanca" was partially funded by the government to sway public opinion towards the U.S. entering World War II.

What country's revolution is often associated with Che Guevara?

The South American guerilla fighter became a powerful symbol of the Cuban Revolution.

What year was the famous portrait of Che taken?

The iconic portrait of Che Guevara was taken at a 1960 funeral by Alberto Korda. By 1967, the image had exploded in popularity, and it's still a powerful image to this day.

Who led the Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda?

Hitler's second-in-command, Goebbels was put in charge of the devastatingly powerful Nazi propaganda machine.

What is the English translation of Hitler's "<i>Mein Kampf</i>"?

Hitler dedicated two full chapters in his 1925 book, which translates to "My Struggle "in English, to the importance of propaganda.

True or false: Russia has an army of paid bloggers to spread pro-Russian sentiment on the web.

In 2014, reports surfaced about Russia's army of troll bloggers, who are paid to talk up President Putin and talk down the U.S. and other world powers.

What country was the 2016 documentary "Under the Sun" about?

"Under the Sun" started off as North Korean propaganda before becoming a piece that mocked the country and its ways.

What city did North Korea show being struck by a nuclear bomb in the 2016 video "Last Chance"?

In March 2016, North Korea released "Last Chance," a short video edited to show a nuclear attack on Washington.

What was the 1950 Campaign of Truth designed to fight?

The Campaign of Truth was a 1950 U.S. campaign designed to increase anti-Soviet beliefs in the American public.

What book did the CIA slip into Communist Russia as part of the fight against Communism?

After the novel was banned by the Soviets, the CIA smuggled copies of "Doctor Zhivago" into Russia to spur anti-Soviet discussion.

What country enacted a propaganda campaign called the Hundred Flowers Campaign?

China enacted the campaign in 1956 to let people know that anti-government speech would be tolerated. The campaign lasted a year before it was shut down.

What year did China launch its Great Leap Forward?

China launched the Great Leap Forward in 1958 to encourage collective farming. The campaign ended two years later, after 30 million citizens starved to death.

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