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Quiz about Dominican Republic  The Nation That Has It All
Quiz about Dominican Republic  The Nation That Has It All

Dominican Republic - The Nation That Has It All Quiz


Not to be confused with the much smaller Caribbean nation of the Commonwealth of Dominica, the Dominican Republic is one of the largest countries in the West Indies. The nation has much more to offer than just sandy beaches and lush tropical rainforest.

A multiple-choice quiz by Matthew_07. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
Matthew_07
Time
4 mins
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Multiple Choice
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401,437
Updated
May 05 22
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Question 1 of 10
1. The Dominican Republic is an island nation that is located in the West Indies. What is the collective term that is used to refer to the group of islands occupied by the Dominican Republic, Haiti, the Cayman Islands, Cuba, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Hispaniola island is shared between two nations - Haiti on the west and the Dominican Republic on the east. Geographically speaking, what similarity does Hispaniola share with Saint Martin, New Guinea, and Timor? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Etymologically speaking, the word "Dominican" means Sunday in Latin. The name of the nation Dominican Republic is actually derived from the founder of the Order of the Dominicans, Saint Dominic, who was the patron saint of which of the following heavenly occupations? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. The name of the body of water that separates the Dominican Republic from Puerto Rico might remind one of a painting by Da Vinci. Which strait, connecting the Atlantic Sea and the Caribbean Sea, is being described? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Located in the province of San Juan, this mountain is the highest point in the Dominican Republic, as well as the entire Caribbean region. Which peak, with a height of 3,098 meters, is being described? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Reaching a maximum depth of 52 meters, this hypersaline lake, located in the Dominican Republic, is the lowest point in the Caribbean. Which lake, situated near the Haitian border, is being described? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. A popular attraction in the Dominican Republic would be the gravity hill located in the southwestern region of the nation. A car moving down the hill would appear as if it was going up the hill instead, due to the optical illusion created by the surrounding landscape. In which sport-sounding municipality would one find this gravity hill? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Which Italian explorer, known for his four voyages between Spain and the Caribbean, discovered Hispaniola (home of the present-day Dominican Republic) in 1492? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. The capital city of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo, is the political and financial center of the island nation. What happened to the historical Colonial Zone of the city in 1990? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Which Dominican fashion designer, born in Santo Domingo in 1932, rose to fame in the 1960s as Jacqueline Kennedy's couturier? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. The Dominican Republic is an island nation that is located in the West Indies. What is the collective term that is used to refer to the group of islands occupied by the Dominican Republic, Haiti, the Cayman Islands, Cuba, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico?

Answer: Greater Antilles

The West Indies is divided into three main regions - Greater Antilles, Lesser Antilles, and Lucayan Archipelago.

As the name suggests, the Greater Antilles comprises larger islands (Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico), in contrast to the Lesser Antilles, which consists of smaller islands (Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago).

On the other hand, the Lucayan Archipelago is home to the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. The Malay Archipelago, or Maritime Southeast Asia, is located between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.
2. Hispaniola island is shared between two nations - Haiti on the west and the Dominican Republic on the east. Geographically speaking, what similarity does Hispaniola share with Saint Martin, New Guinea, and Timor?

Answer: They are islands that are politically divided among two countries.

Haiti occupies approximately three-eighths of the Hispaniola island, whereas the Dominican Republic occupies the remaining five-eights of Hispaniola.

The island of Saint Martin is shared between France (Saint Martin in the north) and the Netherlands (Sint Maarten in the south).

New Guinea is shared between Indonesia (Western New Guinea on the west) and Papua New Guinea.

Timor is shared between Indonesia (West Timor) and Timor Leste.

Borneo is divided among three nations - Brunei, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
3. Etymologically speaking, the word "Dominican" means Sunday in Latin. The name of the nation Dominican Republic is actually derived from the founder of the Order of the Dominicans, Saint Dominic, who was the patron saint of which of the following heavenly occupations?

Answer: Astronomers

Saint Dominic, also known as Domingo Félix de Guzmán or Santo Domingo de Guzmán, was born in the Kingdom of Castile (present-day Spain) in 1170. He founded the Dominican Order in 1216.

Saint Lawrence is the patron saint of librarians. Saint Hubertus is the patron saint of hunters. Saint Joan of Arc is the patron saint of soldiers.
4. The name of the body of water that separates the Dominican Republic from Puerto Rico might remind one of a painting by Da Vinci. Which strait, connecting the Atlantic Sea and the Caribbean Sea, is being described?

Answer: Mona Passage

The Mona Passage is approximately 130 kilometers in width. It serves as an important shipping route in the Caribbean. The three notable islands located in the Mona Passage are Mona Island, Monito Island, and Desecheo Island.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) painted the famous "Mona Lisa" portrait painting in the early 14th century.

The Tongass Passage separates Alaska, USA from British Columbia, Canada. The Windward Passage separates Cuba from Hispaniola. The Anegada Passage separates the British Virgin Islands from Anguilla.
5. Located in the province of San Juan, this mountain is the highest point in the Dominican Republic, as well as the entire Caribbean region. Which peak, with a height of 3,098 meters, is being described?

Answer: Pico Duarte

Pico Duarte is located to the northwest of the capital of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo. The mountain is part of the Cordillera Central range.

The piccolo is a woodwind musical instrument. Pinocchio is a fictional character created by Carlo Collodi. Pico Bolivar is the highest point in Venezuela.
6. Reaching a maximum depth of 52 meters, this hypersaline lake, located in the Dominican Republic, is the lowest point in the Caribbean. Which lake, situated near the Haitian border, is being described?

Answer: Lake Enriquillo

The lowest point in the Caribbean, Lake Enriquillo, is located just 85 kiometers away from Caribbean's highest point, Pico Duarte.

Lake Victoria is the largest lake (by area) of Africa. Lake Baikal, located in Russia, is the world's deepest lake. Lake Superior, located in Canada and the US, is the world's largest freshwater lake (by area).
7. A popular attraction in the Dominican Republic would be the gravity hill located in the southwestern region of the nation. A car moving down the hill would appear as if it was going up the hill instead, due to the optical illusion created by the surrounding landscape. In which sport-sounding municipality would one find this gravity hill?

Answer: Polo

The municipality of Polo, located in the province of Barahona, is noted for its gravity hill. Other notable gravity hills in the world include the ones located in Orroroo, South Australia, Australia and Bridgetown, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Pelé (birth name Edson Arantes do Nascimento) is a Brazilian footballer. Pala is the name a town located in Kerala, India. Pili is the name of a village located in the northwestern region of Nepal.
8. Which Italian explorer, known for his four voyages between Spain and the Caribbean, discovered Hispaniola (home of the present-day Dominican Republic) in 1492?

Answer: Christopher Columbus

Columbus' four voyages took place between 1492 and 1503. He landed in Hispaniola (present-day Dominican Republic) in 1492 during his first voyage.

During his second voyage in 1493, Columbus landed in La Isabela. He named the place after Isabella I (1451-1504).
9. The capital city of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo, is the political and financial center of the island nation. What happened to the historical Colonial Zone of the city in 1990?

Answer: It was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Bartholomew Columbus (1461-1515) founded the La Nueva Isabela settlement in Santo Domingo. He was Christopher Columbus' younger brother.

In 1990, Ciudad Colonial was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some notable landmarks in the area include Alcázar de Colón (Columbus Alcazar), Basilica Cathedral of Santa María la Menor, and Fortaleza Ozama (Ozama Fortress).
10. Which Dominican fashion designer, born in Santo Domingo in 1932, rose to fame in the 1960s as Jacqueline Kennedy's couturier?

Answer: Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta was born in Santo Domingo in 1932, to a Puerto Rican father and a Dominican mother. He had six older sisters.

De la Renta was known for his work in French fashion houses Lanvin and Balmain. Jacqueline Kennedy (1929-1994) was the wife of the 35th President of the USA, John F. Kennedy.

De la Renta was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. He passed away in Kent, Connecticut, USA, in 2014.
Source: Author Matthew_07

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