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Quiz about African Lands
Quiz about African Lands

African Lands Trivia Quiz


Name the countries from the clues given. This quiz is aimed at the beginner, but old hands might learn a little, too. Have fun!

A multiple-choice quiz by stuthehistoryguy. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
287,265
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
Avg Score
9 / 10
Plays
13123
Awards
Top 5% quiz!
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Question 1 of 10
1. This country is probably best known for its ancient history. Its main river, the Nile, was the lifeblood of one of the world's cradles of civilization. Its art and culture was a great influence on ancient Europe, and many of its most impressive monuments are still standing after thousands of years. What country is this? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. The Cape of Good Hope juts from this country, a landmark that has shown captains for centuries that they were "turning the corner" in sailing around Africa. What gold and diamond rich nation is this? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. This country is one of very few in Africa to have never been a colony, but it was occupied by Italy for a few years before and during World War II. What is this ancient nation, whose capital is Addis Ababa? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. This country, whose capital is Nairobi, has been dominated by the Kikuyu people for much of its history, which has led to political tension. Historically, however, it has been one of the most stable nations in Africa, and has been a popular tourist and safari destination since its days as a British colony. What country, named for its tallest mountain, is this? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. This country, which takes its name from one of Africa's great rivers, was first a personal colony of the cruel Belgian King Leopold II. Today, following several name changes, it is one of the largest nations in Africa. What is this country, whose capital is Kinshasa? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. The most populous country in Africa also takes its name from a great river. Its capital city is Abuja, and it is the birthplace of basketball great Hakeem Olajuwon. What economically-developing nation is this? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. This country in west Africa was founded as a settlement for freed African slaves from the United States, and has been independent since 1847. What African nation is this whose capital city of Monrovia is named for US President James Monroe? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. This country is a group of islands, the largest of which is the fourth-largest island in the world. It is known for its unique plant and animal life, as shown in a 2005 movie named after the nation itself. What is this island country off Africa's eastern coast? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. This nation on the continent's northern coast, whose capital is Algiers, is the birthplace of several literary giants, including Mohammed Dib, Albert Camus, and Jacques Derrida, all of whom wrote in French. What land is this? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. One of the last large African countries to gain independence from a European government, this nation, whose capital is Luanda, officially broke with Portugal in 1975. This was followed by 27 years of civil war which left the country saturated with minefields. What nation is this that continues to face many challenges in the present day? Hint





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1. This country is probably best known for its ancient history. Its main river, the Nile, was the lifeblood of one of the world's cradles of civilization. Its art and culture was a great influence on ancient Europe, and many of its most impressive monuments are still standing after thousands of years. What country is this?

Answer: Egypt

Modern Egypt emerged as a fully independent country in the 1950s after centuries of domination by the Greeks, Romans, Turks, and British. The great pyramids of Giza, built over 4,500 years ago, stand as unmistakable reminders of its astounding history.
2. The Cape of Good Hope juts from this country, a landmark that has shown captains for centuries that they were "turning the corner" in sailing around Africa. What gold and diamond rich nation is this?

Answer: South Africa

Europeans began colonizing what is now South Africa in 1652, when the Dutch East India Company founded Cape Colony on the Cape of Good Hope. The British seized the Cape in 1795, leading to a conflict between the British and Dutch that would last over a century and would see a great deal of immigration from Europe and South Asia. South Africa became an autonomous dominion of the British Empire in 1910 and became fully independent in 1961, but its democracy was held back by the policy of Apartheid, which legally discriminated against the country's Black majority.

This policy eased dramatically after 1990, and South Africa elected its first black president, Nelson Mandela, in 1994.
3. This country is one of very few in Africa to have never been a colony, but it was occupied by Italy for a few years before and during World War II. What is this ancient nation, whose capital is Addis Ababa?

Answer: Ethiopia

Ethiopia officially converted to Christianity over 1,600 years ago, and remains the seat of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church today. Though it has managed to stay independent for almost all of its history, Ethiopia is one of the world's poorest nations, and many regions of the country are especially prone to famine.
4. This country, whose capital is Nairobi, has been dominated by the Kikuyu people for much of its history, which has led to political tension. Historically, however, it has been one of the most stable nations in Africa, and has been a popular tourist and safari destination since its days as a British colony. What country, named for its tallest mountain, is this?

Answer: Kenya

The first president of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta, began his career as an activist in the Kikuyu Central Association. This would eventually evolve into the Kenya African National Union, and Kenyatta became dedicated to the goal of "pan-Africanism" (disregarding tribe membership for the good of all the people).

As a symbol of this idea, Kenyatta was rarely photographed without his multi-colored hat, a sign of the multiple African peoples he tried to bring together.
5. This country, which takes its name from one of Africa's great rivers, was first a personal colony of the cruel Belgian King Leopold II. Today, following several name changes, it is one of the largest nations in Africa. What is this country, whose capital is Kinshasa?

Answer: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Known as the Belgian Congo from 1908 until its independence in 1960, this country was known as Zaire from 1971 until 1997 when its longtime dictator, Mobutu Sese Seko, was overthrown after years of abuses and theft. It is difficult not to confuse the Democratic Republic of the Congo with its neighbor to the west of the Congo River, the Republic of the Congo, which was once a French colony.
6. The most populous country in Africa also takes its name from a great river. Its capital city is Abuja, and it is the birthplace of basketball great Hakeem Olajuwon. What economically-developing nation is this?

Answer: Nigeria

Much of the great literature in English from Africa comes from Nigeria. Among its best-known authors are Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka and novelist Chinua Achebe, whose books are written in very direct English that appeals to a large audience.
7. This country in west Africa was founded as a settlement for freed African slaves from the United States, and has been independent since 1847. What African nation is this whose capital city of Monrovia is named for US President James Monroe?

Answer: Liberia

Even though it officially stayed independent when all the countries around it were colonized by European powers, Liberia was historically influenced and protected by the United States. A major US tire manufacturer, Firestone, opened a large rubber plantation there in 1926.

This operation has been criticized through the years for alleged excessive workloads, child labor, and other poor conditions.
8. This country is a group of islands, the largest of which is the fourth-largest island in the world. It is known for its unique plant and animal life, as shown in a 2005 movie named after the nation itself. What is this island country off Africa's eastern coast?

Answer: Madagascar

Madagascar's twenty million inhabitants speak Malagasy, a Malayo-Polynesian language. Many of the islands' more educated people also speak French, since Madagascar was a French colony from the 1890s to 1960. Historically, Madagascar was also a popular base for pirates!
9. This nation on the continent's northern coast, whose capital is Algiers, is the birthplace of several literary giants, including Mohammed Dib, Albert Camus, and Jacques Derrida, all of whom wrote in French. What land is this?

Answer: Algeria

Through the 1950s, Algeria was the site of a widespread insurgency that saw civilian targets bombed and French officials assassinated by Algerians seeking independence from France. In 1962, French President Charles de Gaulle called an election on the subject, and the vast majority of Algerians voted for self-rule. Since that time, Arabic and Tamazight have been the dominant spoken languages, with French being studied in schools but rarely spoken.
10. One of the last large African countries to gain independence from a European government, this nation, whose capital is Luanda, officially broke with Portugal in 1975. This was followed by 27 years of civil war which left the country saturated with minefields. What nation is this that continues to face many challenges in the present day?

Answer: Angola

Though emerging from a turbulent history, Angola is blessed with abundant mineral resources, including oil and diamonds. Today it is the second fastest growing economy in Africa and the largest supplier of oil to China.
Source: Author stuthehistoryguy

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