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Quiz about Guatemala  The Land of Eternal Spring
Quiz about Guatemala  The Land of Eternal Spring

Guatemala - The Land of Eternal Spring Quiz


From majestic ancient Mayan ruins, rich Spanish colonial heritage, to picturesque lakeside landscapes, there is no shortage of hidden surprises that await adventurous travellers visiting Guatemala. Let's explore this charming Central American nation.

A photo quiz by Matthew_07. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
Matthew_07
Time
3 mins
Type
Photo Quiz
Quiz #
411,458
Updated
Jan 28 23
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
Avg Score
9 / 10
Plays
165
Awards
Top 5% quiz!
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Question 1 of 10
1. The Republic of Guatemala shares land borders with Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, and which North American nation? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. The national flag of Guatemala depicts two main colours - white and sky blue. The white symbolizes peace and purity, whereas the two sky blue vertical stripes correspond to the fact that the country is located between which two oceans? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Etymologically speaking, the name "Guatemala" originated from the word "Cuauhtemallan", which means "place of many trees". From which indigenous Mexican language is the word "Cuauthemallan" derived? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Guatemala's nickname, "The Land of the Eternal Spring", is a reference to which climate experienced in the country's highlands? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Tikal National Park was inscribed as the first mixed UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Which two elements of great significance define a mixed UNESCO World Heritage Site? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Guatemala is home to 37 volcanoes. Which of the following is the highest peak in Central America? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. British author Aldous Huxley famously wrote, "Lake Como, it seems to me, touches on the limit of permissibly picturesque, but ___ is Como with additional embellishments of several immense volcanoes. It really is too much of a good thing." Which Guatemalan lake, also known to be the deepest lake in Central America, completes the quote? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Not to be confused with the name of a Caribbean twin-island nation, which Guatemalan city, noted for its Baroque architecture, was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Located at an average elevation of 2,330 meters (7,640 feet), which Guatemalan city, noted for its subtropical highland climate, is the birthplace of the nation's former presidents, Manuel Estrada Cabrera and Jacobo Árbenz? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. The quetzal is the name of the currency used in Guatemala. The currency was named after which species of animal, that has been featured on the nation's banknotes? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. The Republic of Guatemala shares land borders with Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, and which North American nation?

Answer: Mexico

Occupying an approximate area of 108,889 square kilometers (42,042 square miles), the Republic of Guatemala borders Mexico to the north. Guatemala also borders three other Central American countries - Belize, El Salvador, and Honduras.

Both Canada and USA are located in North America. The world's largest island, Greenland, belongs to the Kingdom of Denmark.
2. The national flag of Guatemala depicts two main colours - white and sky blue. The white symbolizes peace and purity, whereas the two sky blue vertical stripes correspond to the fact that the country is located between which two oceans?

Answer: Pacific Ocean and Atlantic Ocean

Guatemala borders the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Atlantic Ocean (specifically, the Caribbean Sea) to the east.

The national flag of Guatemala is more popularly known as "Pabellón Nacional" (national flag in Spanish) or "Azul y Blanco" (blue and white in Spanish) by Guatemalans.

Five out of seven Central American nations have coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean. They are Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. Belize only borders the Atlantic Ocean, whereas El Salvador only borders the Pacific Ocean.
3. Etymologically speaking, the name "Guatemala" originated from the word "Cuauhtemallan", which means "place of many trees". From which indigenous Mexican language is the word "Cuauthemallan" derived?

Answer: Nahuatl

The Nahuatl language belongs to the Uto-Aztecan language family and it is mainly spoken by the Nahua people who live in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua. The accompanying photo depicts a Nahua man.

The Navajo language, also spelled Navaho, is a native American language that is primarily spoken in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah. The language was used by the US Marines during WWII to send coded messages.

The Māori language is spoken by the Māori people in New Zealand, whereas the Malagasy language is spoken in Madagascar.
4. Guatemala's nickname, "The Land of the Eternal Spring", is a reference to which climate experienced in the country's highlands?

Answer: Temperate

The Pacific Lowlands of Guatemala experience a hot and humid climate all year round. On the other hand, the highlands region experiences a more temperate climate.

Guatemala has been hit by deadly hurricanes over the past few decades. These include Hurricane Mitch (1998) and Hurricane Stan (2005).
5. Tikal National Park was inscribed as the first mixed UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Which two elements of great significance define a mixed UNESCO World Heritage Site?

Answer: Cultural and natural

Located in the northern region of Guatemala, Tikal National Park is home to majestic temples ruins. Surrounded by lush jungle, the park is an important archaeological site that is known for its unique ecology.

Tikal National Park was inscribed as a mixed UNESCO World Heritage Site during the third World Heritage Committee session held in 1979 in Egypt.
6. Guatemala is home to 37 volcanoes. Which of the following is the highest peak in Central America?

Answer: Volcán Tajumulco

At 4,203 meters (13,789 feet), Volcán Tajumulco is Guatemala's highest peak. The stratovolcano is also the highest mountain in Central America. Located in the western region of Guatemala, the volcano is part of the Sierra Madre mountain range.

Mount Vesuvius is located in Italy. Eyjafjallajokull is located in Iceland, whereas Mauna Loa is located in Hawaii, USA.
7. British author Aldous Huxley famously wrote, "Lake Como, it seems to me, touches on the limit of permissibly picturesque, but ___ is Como with additional embellishments of several immense volcanoes. It really is too much of a good thing." Which Guatemalan lake, also known to be the deepest lake in Central America, completes the quote?

Answer: Atitlán

Aldous Huxley is best remembered for his novel "Brave New World" (1932). He compared the beauty of Lake Atitlán, Guatemala, with that of Lake Como, Italy.

Located in the southwestern region of Guatemala, Lake Atitlán is surrounded by three volcanoes - Volcan Atitlán, Volcán San Pedro and Volcán Tolimán. The lake is reported to have an average depth of 220 meters (720 feet), with a maximum depth of 340 meters (1,120 feet).

Lake Baikal is located in Russia. Lake Tahoe is located in the US. Lake Toba is located in Indonesia.
8. Not to be confused with the name of a Caribbean twin-island nation, which Guatemalan city, noted for its Baroque architecture, was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979?

Answer: Antigua

The city of Antigua, also known as La Antigua, or Antigua Guatemala, is located in the Guatemalan Highlands. It served as the capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala from the 1643 until 1773.

The photo depicts Antigua's landmark, the Santa Catalina Arch.

In Spanish, the word "antigua" means "old". Antigua and Barbuda is a twin-island Caribbean nation located in the Lesser Antilles.

The three wrong options - Flore, Mixco, and San Marcos, are the names of other notable Guatemalan cities.
9. Located at an average elevation of 2,330 meters (7,640 feet), which Guatemalan city, noted for its subtropical highland climate, is the birthplace of the nation's former presidents, Manuel Estrada Cabrera and Jacobo Árbenz?

Answer: Quetzaltenango

The name "Quetzaltenango" means "the place of the quetzal bird" in the Nahuatl language.

Manuel Estrada Cabrera (1857 - 1924) served as the 16th President of Guatemala, from 1898 until 1920. On the other hand, Jacobo Árbenz (1913 - 1971) served as the 25th President of Guatemala, from 1951 until 1954.

Quito is the capital of Ecuador. Quezon City is located in the Philippines. Qingdao is located in China.
10. The quetzal is the name of the currency used in Guatemala. The currency was named after which species of animal, that has been featured on the nation's banknotes?

Answer: Bird

Quetzals are known for their iridescent green wings and red bellies. The photo depicts the one quetzal banknote, which features the bird on its obverse. In 1871, Guatemala declared the Resplendent Quetzal as the country's national bird.
Source: Author Matthew_07

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