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  Haiti - Pearl of the Antilles   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Nicknamed the "Pearl of the Antilles", Haiti was the richest French colony in the 18th century. This nation made news headlines in 2010 when a deadly earthquake hit Port-au-Prince. What else do you know about this nation that is synonymous with voodoo?
Easier, 10 Qns, Matthew_07, May 20 20
Matthew_07 gold member
May 20 20
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  Haiti - Essentials   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Check out your knowledge of this Caribbean republic.
Average, 10 Qns, bloomsby, Jun 20 18
bloomsby gold member
Jun 20 18
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  Haiti   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
How much do you know about Haiti? This quiz is mostly about Haiti's geography, but contains a little of its history as well. Good luck!
Average, 10 Qns, portgleep, Jun 16 17
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  "The Best Nightmare on Earth" - Haiti    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Called the "Pearl of the Antilles" by Columbus, my favorite country Haiti, aside from my own, has been described as a "Series of tragedies with disasters in between".
Average, 10 Qns, zombipi, Dec 30 15
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Haiti Trivia Questions

1. The Republic of Haiti is located on the island of Hispaniola, which forms part of the Greater Antilles in the Caribbean. Hispaniola is shared by two nations - Haiti and the Dominican Republic. On which side of Hispaniola is Haiti located?

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Haiti - Pearl of the Antilles

Answer: Western region

At 76,192 square kilometers, Hispaniola is the second largest Caribbean island, after Cuba (110,860 square kilometers). Haiti occupies the western region of the island. On the other hand, the Dominican Republic occupies the eastern region of Hispaniola.

2. Haiti and the Dominican Republic are both located on one island. What is this island's name?

From Quiz Haiti

Answer: Hispaniola

Hispaniola is the 22nd geographically largest island in the world and the second largest island in the Caribbean. It is located between Cuba (to the west) and Puerto Rico (to the east). Despite the fact that both Haiti and the Dominican Republic are so close to each other, Haiti has historically been much worse off speaking in economic and demographic terms. For instance, in 2010, the life expectancy in the Dominican Republic was 12.7 greater than the life expectancy in Haiti, and the literacy rate was 34.1% higher in the Dominican Republic than Haiti.

3. Haiti is situated on the western part of the island of Hispaniola. Which country occupies the rest of the island?

From Quiz Haiti - Essentials

Answer: The Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic, a Spanish-speaking country, was invaded and occupied at various times in the 19th century by Haiti. Belize and Honduras are on the mainland of Central America, while Dominica is an island situated between Martinique and Guadeloupe.

4. Etymologically speaking, the name "Haiti" is derived from the Taino language. Its translation is a reference to the geographical landscape of the nation. What does "Haiti" mean?

From Quiz Haiti - Pearl of the Antilles

Answer: Land of high mountains

The indigenous Taino people lived in Hispaniola and a few nearby islands - The Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico. They spoke the Taino language, which belongs to the family of Arawakan languages. Haiti, or Hayti, means "land of high mountains". The country is the most mountainous nation in the entire Caribbean region. Haiti earned the nicknamed the "Pearl of the Antilles" (La Perle des Antilles) in the 18th century when it was colonized by France. The nickname was a reference to the country's wealth, as well as its scenic views.

5. Which European explorer first discovered Haiti?

From Quiz Haiti

Answer: Christopher Columbus

In 1492, Christopher Columbus discovered the island, and named it La Isla Española ("the Spanish Island"), or Hispaniola. Before he discovered it and claimed it for Spain, the Taíno, an Arawakan people, inhabited it. They called their island Bohio, Ayiti, or Kiskeya.

6. Hispaniola lies between which other two islands?

From Quiz Haiti - Essentials

Answer: Cuba and Puerto Rico

If you had problems with this question it's worth spending some time with a good map of the Caribbean - it's a very complex series of groups of islands.

7. What is the capital of Haiti?

From Quiz Haiti - Essentials

Answer: Port-au-Prince

Port-au-Prince has a population of over one million and the three other cities each have over 500,000 inhabitants. It was severely damaged by an earthquake in January 2010.

8. Haiti has seven main islands. Which island, located to the north-west of the nation's capital, Port-au-Prince, is the largest Hispaniolan island?

From Quiz Haiti - Pearl of the Antilles

Answer: Gonâve Island

The seven main islands of Haiti are Gonâve Island, Grand Cayemite, Grosse Caye, Île-à-Vache, Navassa Island, Petite Cayemite, and Tortuga Island. Occupying an area of 690 square kilometers, Gonâve Island (Île de la Gonâve in French) is the largest island of Haiti, as well as in the entire Hispaniola region. Baffin Island is Canada's largest island. Tiburón Island is Mexico's largest island. Easter Island belongs to Chile.

9. Haiti is a mountainous country characterized by rough terrain. At 2,680 meters, which mountain, part of the Chaîne de la Selle mountain range, is the highest point in Haiti?

From Quiz Haiti - Pearl of the Antilles

Answer: Pic la Selle

Pic la Selle, also known as Morne La Selle, is located at the southeast region of Haiti, near the border of the Dominican Republic. Pico Duarte (3,098 meters) is the highest point in the Dominican Republic. Pico Turquino (1,974 meters) is Cuba's highest point. At 2,347 meters, Pic Macaya, also known as Macaya Peak, is Haiti's second highest mountain, after Pic la Salle.

10. What was the name given to the military action led by the U.S.A., that removed the Haitian military regime of Gen. Raoul Cédras on September 19, 1994?

From Quiz "The Best Nightmare on Earth" - Haiti

Answer: Operation Restore Democracy

As soon as the brave men and women of the U.S. military landed at the Port-au-Prince International Airport and apparently following a telephone call from his old schoolmate, Gen. Colin Powell, Gen. Cédras and his cronies agreed to leave Haiti for exile in Panama. Following the establishing a level of security in the country, the "democratically elected" president, Fr. Jean-Bertrand Aristide was restored to office and the official name of the military mission was changed to "Operation Uphold Democracy". Shortly thereafter, the international embargo placed on Haiti in 1991 was lifted. The general gratitude of the Haitian people can be seen by the murals and graffiti painted on the sides of several buildings and brick walls with slogans such as, "USA and Haiti for 50 more years".

11. What is the main industry of Haiti?

From Quiz Haiti - Essentials

Answer: Subsistence farming

About 30-35% of the land in Haiti has degraded soil - for example, eroded topsoil. This means that in many cases even subsistence farming is very difficult. There is some coffee cultivation and also some copper mining. In the 1960s and 1970s tourism was a significant and growing industry, but it was undermined by renewed political instability and violence in the 1980s. It has grown somewhat again since about 2014. The main source of foreign currency for Haiti is money sent home to the island by Haitians working abroad.

12. What is the name of the community in Mirebalais Arrondissement (Dept. Centre) that boasts the famous waterfall where, according to legend, the Virgin Mary appeared next to a palm tree?

From Quiz "The Best Nightmare on Earth" - Haiti

Answer: Saut d'Eau

Every summer, particularly in July, thousands of Haitians visit Saut d'Eau ("Sodo" in Kreyol), set aside their usual modesty, strip down to their underwear (or "birthday suit") and bathe in the waters begging the "Loa" (a patron deity or holy entity) known as Ertzuli Dantor for special favors and blessings. A catholic priest cut down the palm tree by which the Virgin Mary appeared lest it become the center of vodou activity or other idolatry. Obviously, this action failed. The site and pilgrimage were featured in the 1987 movie "The Serpent and the Rainbow".

13. Located off the northern coast of Haiti, which mountainous island, featured in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie series, is notoriously associated with piracy?

From Quiz Haiti - Pearl of the Antilles

Answer: Tortuga Island

Tortuga Island (Île de la Tortue in French), also known as Turtle Island, was notoriously known as a pirate haven in the 17th century. The island occupies an area of 180 square kilometers. It has also been featured in "The Black Swan" (1942) and "Pirates of Tortuga" (1961). The Galápagos Islands belong to Ecuador. The Cook Islands, located in the South Pacific, belong to New Zealand. The Canary Islands, located in Macaronesia, belong to Spain.

14. Haiti suffered a horrible natural disaster in 2010. What was it?

From Quiz Haiti

Answer: An earthquake

On Tuesday, January 12, 2010, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 Mw struck Haiti. It happened near Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital and most populous city, and therefore killed an extremely large amount of people. It also knocked down much of Haiti's main infrastructure. Because of Haiti's poverty, most of the buildings weren't built well enough to withstand the earthquake.

15. Which European power ruled Haiti as a colony immediately prior to independence?

From Quiz Haiti - Essentials

Answer: France

France obtained Haiti from Spain in 1697.

16. Which man-made stone structure, located on the mountain Bonnet a L'Eveque of Haiti, was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982?

From Quiz Haiti - Pearl of the Antilles

Answer: Citadelle Laferrière

Built by Henri Christophe (1767-1820) in the early 19th century, the Citadelle Laferrière is one of the largest fortresses in the Americas. The fortress is a major tourist attraction in Haiti. Neuschwanstein Castle is located in Bavaria, Germany. Belém Tower, also known as the Tower of Saint Vincent, is located in Lisbon, Portugal. Morro Castle is a fortress located in Havana, Cuba.

17. In what year did Haiti declare its independence?

From Quiz Haiti - Essentials

Answer: 1804

Independence was gained following a slaves' revolt, led by Toussaint L'Ouverture and Jean-Jacques Dessalines. The revolt lasted (with interruptions) from 1791-1803. It was the second country in the Americas to gain independence. Soon after gaining independence, Dessalines proclaimed himself Emperor(!) of Haiti. The country has been beset by political turmoil and violence for much of its history.

18. Which former President of Haiti, nicknamed Baby Doc, once said, "It is the destiny of the people of Haiti to suffer"?

From Quiz Haiti - Pearl of the Antilles

Answer: Jean-Claude Duvalier

Jean-Claude Duvalier (1951-2014) served as the President of Haiti from 1971 until 1986. His father, François Duvalier (1907-1971), nicknamed Papa Doc, was the President of Haiti from 1957 until 1971. Justin Trudeau is the 23rd Prime Minister of Canada. Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970) served as the President of France from 1959 until 1969. Nicolas Sarkozy was the 23rd President of France.

19. What is the name of the largest building in Haiti that, from 1920 to 2010, served as the official residence of Haiti's presidents and dictators?

From Quiz "The Best Nightmare on Earth" - Haiti

Answer: Palais National

The enormous white structure, designed by Georges H. Baussan, was three times larger than the White House in Washington, D.C. It was completed in 1920 after initial construction attempts were stymied by a mob set fire after the assassination of then President Vilbrun Guillaume Sam. The Palais National served as the center of operations during the brutal dictatorships of Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier and his son, Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier. Stories abound of torture chambers and human sacrifices that allegedly took place within the palace walls. So when the palace of corruption and horror collapsed in the 7.0 earthquake of 2010, many Haitians were glad to see that the building had been destroyed.

20. What is the approximate population of Haiti (2009 estimate)?

From Quiz Haiti - Essentials

Answer: 9.0 million

This figure is a United Nations estimate made in 2009. With an area of only 10,641 square miles, Haiti is densely populated.

21. Haiti played a prominent role in ending which major event that is now commemorated on August 23?

From Quiz Haiti - Pearl of the Antilles

Answer: Atlantic slave trade

The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is celebrated on August 23 every year. The Haitian Revolution took place on 22 August 1791 in Santo Domingo (present-day Haiti and the Dominican Republic). The slave uprising provided the impetus to a series of events that eventually ended the Atlantic slave trade.

22. The earthquake of January 12, 2010, left several other Port-au-Prince landmark buildings in complete ruins, the country's only Roman Catholic Cathedral included. What was the name of this important structure?

From Quiz "The Best Nightmare on Earth" - Haiti

Answer: Cathedral de Notre-Dame de Port-au-Prince

Cathédral de Notre Dame de Port-au-Prince, aka Cathédral de Notre Dame de le Assomption (Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption), took 31 years to construct before it was completed in 1914. It was another 14 years before it was officially consecrated. It only took 30 seconds for the January 12, 2010 earthquake to destroy it along with other church buildings. Archbishop Joseph Serge Miot was killed when his residence collapsed on top of him. He joined another estimated 200,000 souls that left this world on that tragic day. This quiz is dedicated to the men, women, and CHILDREN killed, gravely injured and left homeless by the quake.

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