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Early Lao History
"As with my quizzes on Thailand and Burma, this quiz covers the basics of Lao (that is, of the country Laos) history. If you must know something about Lao history, you must know the facts contained within this quiz! I wish you luck...learn and enjoy!"
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The Lao people are culturally and linguistically most closely linked with which other neighboring people?
The earliest communities of the early Lao tribes were called what?
The name 'Lao' comes from the term for the earlier inhabitants of the region, probably Austronesian speaking people. What was the term for this group of people?
Lawa or Lwa
By approximately 1200 AD, most of the area of modern Laos was controlled by which ancient empire of Southeast Asia?
During the time of Mongol (or Yuan, as the Mongol Chinese dynasty was known), which Thai state ruled over northwestern Laos?
The first truly Lao state, called Lan Xang, began to develop around the mid 14th century. What does 'Lan Xang' translate as in English?
Great empire of the Lao
Land of a million elephants
Place of the second cataract
Buddha's tears on the mountains
The kingdom of Lan Xang was centered on Xiang Dong Xiang Thong. This site was eventually to become known as what?
The development of this site as a great kingdom is usually attributed to which hereditary prince who was born circa 1316 AD?
In 1560, the capital of Lan Xang was moved to which spot, where the capital of Laos currently rests?
By the late 17th-early 18th century, the Lao people were divided, with Lan Xang in severe decline. Which two countries shared suzerainty over the former Lao state?
England and Japan
Cambodia and China
Thailand and Vietnam
France and Burma
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