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Question ONE

In which country does one in nine people live in poverty?
    South Africa

Question TWO

How much do the rich countries give to the much poorer ones?
    $210 million
    $3,000 million
    $340,000 million

Question THREE

Who said:
"Whenever you are in doubt or when the self becomes too much . . . apply the following test: Recall the face of the poorest and weakest man [sic] you have seen and ask yourself if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him. Will he gain anything by it? Will it restore him to a control over his own life and destiny? Then you will find your doubts and your self melting away."
    Mahatma Gandhi
    Julius Nyerere
    Nelson Mandela
    President Suharto

Question FOUR

The world's 225 richest people have a combined wealth of over a million million dollars.
This is the same as the annual income of how many of the world's poorest people?
    1 million
    30 million
    1,000 million
    2,500 million

Question FIVE

In which country do 35.5 million people - one child in four - live below the poverty line?
    United States

Question SIX

"I'm married and have a two-and-a-half year old daughter. I get up at 8 am and don't have anything to eat until 7 or 8 pm. I want my daughter to be able to eat."
Where is this person from?
    Aotearoa/New Zealand

Question SEVEN

Where do hundreds of thousands of rural people have no guaranteed water supply?
    Papua New Guinea

Question EIGHT

What percentage of the population of the United Kingdom experienced a period of poverty between 1990 and 1994?

Question NINE

Who said:
"A substantial increase in the resources for fighting poverty in the poorest countries appears entirely affordable. It is a matter of political commitment."
    The World Bank
    The New Internationalist
    The Canadian Government
    Mozambique's Prime Minister

Question TEN

The West gave the Third World $47.58 billion in aid in 1997. By what percentage was this different from the previous year?


Question ELEVEN

Who said:
"The new century is not going to be new at all if we offer only charity, that palliative to satisfy the conscience and keep the same old system of haves and have-nots quietly contained."
    Nadine Gordimer
    Noam Chomsky
    Boris Yeltsin
    Tony Blair

Question TWELVE

In what part of the world has poverty increased seven-fold since 1988, pushing an additional 105 million people below the poverty line?
    Sub-Saharan Africa
    South America
    The Pacific
    Former Soviet Union

The Poverty Quiz appear in the March 1999 issue of the New Internationalist

© 1999: the New Internationalist

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