Road building sparks fighting in New Guinea

Q: Independence fighters last week attacked Indonesian soldiers building a road through the mountain jungles of New Guinea. The western half of the island is ruled by Indonesia, and the other half is the nation of Papua New Guinea. Where is New Guinea?

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Q: Indonesia has deployed hundreds of soldiers to build a major highway connecting the remotest parts of its resource-rich province after 16 construction workers were killed by separatists in December. Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous nation right behind . . .

A. Brazil

B. China

C. India

D. United States

Q: Human beings have occupied New Guinea for at least 40,000 years. What European nation once ruled the island?

A. Britain

B. Germany

C. Netherlands

D. All of the above

Q: The indigenous Papuans have resisted integration into Indonesia since it took over the western half of the island. New Guinea is the world’s second largest island. What is the largest?

A. Australia

B. Great Britain

C. Greenland

D. Madagascar

Q: There are about 11 million people on New Guinea and about 1,000 different . . .

A. Tribal groups

B. Languages

C. Both

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