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Episode II -  ‘Maostalgia’                                                                                            AP Review - China        


Niall Ferguson asks how China manages to live under a Communist system of government but with a thriving capitalist economy. The succession of revolutions orchestrated by Mao Zedong killed more people than Hitler and Stalin combined. And yet this hard-line communist and murderer of businessmen is revered in China today as the founder of a modern-day capitalist superpower. Why?


Episode II - “Maostalgia”

1. “I’ve never seen anything crazier than that in my life,” Niall Ferguson is just amazed by a restaurant in China where ___ is treated as if he was a God.

2. In the case of Mao, there is a huge difference between the man and the ___.

3. In October 1949 Mao proclaimed a new ____ Republic of China.

4. Landlords in rural areas were publicly ____. (Strayer refers to it as “Speak Bitterness Meetings.”)

5. In apartment buildings across China there was a ____ member “keeping an eye on things.” (There still is)

6. In 1958 Mao launched the ____ Leap Forward, one of the most horrific man-made disasters in world history.

7. In just 4 years, at least 35 million people died of ___.

8. Did Mao admit any fault in the failure of the Great Leap Forward?

9. On July 16, 1966 displayed ‘youthful vigor’ by being photographed while ____.

10. The Cultural _____ ultimately pitted youthful red guard members against each other in murderous fights to prove their loyalty.

11. By 1978 Deng Xiaoping was China’s new ____.

12. “It doesn’t matter if the cat is black or white, as long as it ____ the mouse.” - Deng Xiaoping

13. 300 Million people gave up being farms to become ____ workers.

14. In the summer of 1989 Tiananmen Square was filled with a million people who challenged the government. On the 3rd of june, the ____ rolled in.

Your opinion questions:

15. Do you believe that China is going to have to reform its Communist ways?

16. Can it aspire to rule the world - or will just ruling itself be a big enough challenge?