Special Sub-Topic: Mahgreb Mania
|What ethnic group's members are known as "The Blue Men", and are noted for starting fierce rebellions in many Saharan countries? |
Tuaregs. The Tuaregs (Touaregs) are a group of Berbers noted for dying their skin blue with indigo. They wear all blue tunics/robes, which is why they are known as "blue men". They are infamous for being amazing salesmen, dealing mainly in carpets and with minerals that they find in the desert. Also in nearby Algeria, Niger and Mali, the Tuaregs cause problems with their banditry and armed rebellions.
|Does Spain still have colonial outposts on the Moroccan coast?|
y. The cities of Ceuta and Melila are still held today by Spain. Whenever Spain tries to get the United Nations to make England return Gibraltar, Morocco complains about why these "colonies" are not returned from Spain.
|What two nations colonized Morocco in the early 20th century? |
France and Spain. Spain conquered the territory known as Western Sahara, along with the Rif Mountains in the north and the area around Tangiers. France ruled over the rest. Tangier was an international zone, and was ruled by a group of European ambassadors.
|Did Morocco boast the highest percentage of its population as Jewish in the World immediatly after World War 2?|
y. During the Spanish inquisition thousands of Jews fled Spain and the rest of Europe to Morocco where they wouldn't be massacred. Then World War II came along, and many Jews were able to enter Morocco because it was owned by Vichy France. Luckily for them the French government that ruled over Morocco did not let a single Jew be deported. At the time the State of Israel was created 15% of the population of Morocco was Jewish, totaling about 1,000,000 people. All the old citied in Morocco have prominent Jewish quarters because of this. After the creation of Israel almost all the Jews left with only about 20,000 remaining.
|Who was the first resident-general of French Morocco? |
Hubert Lyautey. Marshal Lyautey was known as the "soldier administrator" because he was a soldier in the French army, and a well liked leader in Morocco. His biggest claim to fame was his efforts to prevent Moroccan culture from being over influenced by the French, and not allowing foreigners to purchase any land or buildings of historical importance.
Maurice Richard was a hockey player.
Henri-Philippe Petain was a French World War 1 general, and the leader of Vichy France.
Charles Laplace was a mathematician.
|What Moroccan city is famous for the American Legation, where a trade agreement was signed that first recognized the United States as a nation. |
Tangier. The American Legation can still be viewed today and is filled with numerous examples of Moroccan artwork from the pre-Spanish conquest period. The main point of the treaty was to prevent piracy of American ships heading to France.
|What Moroccan city has a law that all buildings must be red? |
Marrakesh. The area around Marrakesh is all red clay. So initially every building was made of red clay. The Moroccan government wanted to keep this tradition alive by making all new buildings be red.
Casablanca also has a law making people paint their houses white.
|What city has the largest mosque in Morocco?|
Casablanca. The Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca is the world's third largest Mosque. It also has the tallest minaret in the world, which shoots a laser beam towards Mecca. It was built in 1992, by funds extorted from citizens both at home and abroad. However it is pretty impressive and even has a retractable roof.
|What Moroccan city boasts the world's oldest university? |
Fez. The Medersa Bou Inania is a theological college built in 1350, and is the world's oldest college. In fact people still enroll in it for degrees in Islamic studies and various herbal medicines. However it was not the first college to offer degrees.
|What is the official currency of Morocco?|
Dirham. The Dirham is the official currency of Morocco. In 2004 about one Dirham was equal to ten US cents. A good meal was about 40 Dirham. Well I hope you enjoyed my quiz. Please send me feedback.
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