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Quiz about International Sights
Quiz about International Sights

International Sights Trivia Quiz


Ten questions on sights The Internationals have seen in our travels.

A multiple-choice quiz by Team The Internationals. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
Upstart3
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
376,686
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
6 / 10
Plays
631
Last 3 plays: Hayes1953 (6/10), Guest 31 (4/10), Guest 47 (5/10).
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1. In Jaipur, close to the City Palace and the Palace of the Winds, there is a UNESCO World heritage sight, called the Jantar Mantar. What is it? Hint

Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu
White marble mausoleum
Observatory with the world's largest stone sundial
War memorial in form of a triumphal arch

2. Just north of Homestead, Florida, tourists enjoy the Coral Castle. It's made from limestone blocks quarried on the property, each weighing over a ton. They form walls, statues, benches, works of art and even a two story tower. People speak of a great mystery concerning the Coral Castle. Which of the following statements is NOT true? Hint

The Coral Castle was destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
The builder created the castle to recover from a broken heart.
No one knows how the Coral Castle was built by just one man.
The stones are cut and stacked so perfectly that no mortar was required.

3. Please give the name of the very symbolic monument in front of which President Reagan spoke the following sentences: "Mr Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" Hint

Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
L'Arc de Triomphe in Paris
Great Wall of China near Beijing
The Kremlin in Moscow

4. As a result of a country's resentment of its colonial history, a statue of Cecil John Rhodes was removed from the Rhodes Memorial. Where is this memorial located? Hint

Kimberley, South Africa
Matopo Hills, Zimbabwe
The lower slopes of Devil's Peak, Cape Town
Livingston, Zambia

5. The Severn Bridge, part of the first Severn Crossing which Queen Elizabeth II opened in 1966, revolutionised travel between south Wales and England. The Severn Bridge is wholly within England - true or false?

True
False

6. In the small town of Thomasville, North Carolina, during a 1960 whistle-stop campaign visit, Vice-Presidential candidate Lyndon Johnson stood above the crowd on a local landmark, a piece of furniture which was, at the time, the largest of its type in the world. In our colloquial slang if you want to "set a spell" and think about it, you'll probably come up with the correct answer. Hint

Sofa
Chair
Dining table
Ottoman

7. Tulum, Coba and Chichen Itza, all on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, are ruined cities of which civilisation? Hint

Maya
Aztec
Olmec
Inca

8. The Merlion is a national icon of Singapore. A lesser-known fact is that the expression "to merlion"/"to do the merlion" has found a permanent place in Singlish, the local creole. What does it mean? Hint

To shout loudly
To vomit profusely
To drink a lot of water
To eat huge amounts of food in one sitting

9. Brownsea Island, in Poole Harbour, was used by Robert Baden-Powell for what? Hint

Hunting game
Military manoeuvres
Squirrel farming
Camping events

10. The Rockhampton region in Queensland, Australia, contains a stretch of coast that is named after a line of latitude. What is it called? Hint

Capricorn Coast
Roaring forty bluff
Equator Escarpment
Cape of twenty two


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. In Jaipur, close to the City Palace and the Palace of the Winds, there is a UNESCO World heritage sight, called the Jantar Mantar. What is it?

Answer: Observatory with the world's largest stone sundial

The Jantar Mantar is an observatory with nineteen astronomical instruments, all constructed from local stone, marble and brass, including the world's biggest stone sundial. This sundial gives the local time of Jaipur to an accuracy of two seconds. The observatory dates back to 1738 and was built by Raja Sawai Jai Singh, but the use of the sophisticated instruments was described in old Sanskrit texts, some as early as the first millennium B.C.
Walking into the Jantar Mantar without knowing what it is gives you the impression that you are in a bizarre architectural/art museum.

(Question by malama)
2. Just north of Homestead, Florida, tourists enjoy the Coral Castle. It's made from limestone blocks quarried on the property, each weighing over a ton. They form walls, statues, benches, works of art and even a two story tower. People speak of a great mystery concerning the Coral Castle. Which of the following statements is NOT true?

Answer: The Coral Castle was destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

Edward Leedskalnin, an immigrant from Latvia, starting building the Coral Castle in 1923 and worked on it until his death in 1951. There is even a two story tower where Mr. Leedskalnin lived. According to the brochures given out on tours, Mr. Leedskalnin built the tower to get over being left in the lurch the day before his wedding to a girl he only referred to as his "Sweet Sixteen." To this day, no one understands how a man just over five feet tall and weighing maybe one hundred pounds, working alone, could cut one ton blocks, shape them, and then move them into place with such precision that no mortar was needed to hold them together. In fact, while Hurricane Andrew flattened the city of Homestead, not a single block budged in any of the formations. While the castle was under construction, a sign hung at the gate offering tours for 10 cents: just put the dime in the can and ring the bell and he'll come down. Tours are still available today, but at a sightly higher price. For more information on the Coral Castle, please visit the website coralcastle.com

(Question by Irisse)
3. Please give the name of the very symbolic monument in front of which President Reagan spoke the following sentences: "Mr Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"

Answer: Brandenburg Gate in Berlin

These words were spoken by President Reagan in 1987 in front of the Brandenburg Gate. The Brandenburg Gate has been considered a symbol for Germany for more than two centuries. Napoleon had the quadriga on top removed as a war trophy, the Nazis celebrated their seizure of power with a torchlight procession through the gate, and after WWII it was a symbol of the cold war until President Reagan spoke those words. The reopening of the gate in 1989 was accompanied by jubilation of many people. Since then, the Brandenburg Gate has become a symbol of the Unified Germany.

(Question by malama)
4. As a result of a country's resentment of its colonial history, a statue of Cecil John Rhodes was removed from the Rhodes Memorial. Where is this memorial located?

Answer: The lower slopes of Devil's Peak, Cape Town

The memorial was designed by Sir Herbert Baker. The grounds on which it was erected in 1912 were part of Rhodes's estate, most of which he left to the nation. The upper campus of Cape Town University is also situated there. Part of the estate was developed into the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens.
Matopo Hills is the site of Rhodes's grave.

(Question by Pam1239)
5. The Severn Bridge, part of the first Severn Crossing which Queen Elizabeth II opened in 1966, revolutionised travel between south Wales and England. The Severn Bridge is wholly within England - true or false?

Answer: True

It took some time coming - the Severn Crossing was built more or less on the site Thomas Telford proposed in 1824. It includes a bridge across the Wye between Wales and England, and the Severn Bridge. The Severn Bridge goes from Beachley in Gloucestershire, which lies on a peninsula between the Wye and the Severn, to Aust, also in Gloucestershire. This beautiful suspension bridge is one of the most recognisable sights in the UK. It had a huge positive impact on the economy of south Wales.

The toll charged has always been controversial - it was originally 2/6 (12.5p) for a car and has risen steadily, reaching 6.50 in 2012. The same toll applies to the Second Severn Crossing, which was built in 1996. The toll is charged for vehicles travelling one way, and has been described as a tax on entering Wales.

(Question by Upstart3)
6. In the small town of Thomasville, North Carolina, during a 1960 whistle-stop campaign visit, Vice-Presidential candidate Lyndon Johnson stood above the crowd on a local landmark, a piece of furniture which was, at the time, the largest of its type in the world. In our colloquial slang if you want to "set a spell" and think about it, you'll probably come up with the correct answer.

Answer: Chair

The beautiful Duncan Phyfe chair is 30 feet tall, located in downtown Thomasville, and is a visible reminder of the furniture industry which once thrived in central North Carolina. Nearby High Point once was called the "Furniture Capital of the World" and Thomasville was long known as Chair City.

(Question by Ladyleo)
7. Tulum, Coba and Chichen Itza, all on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, are ruined cities of which civilisation?

Answer: Maya

The remains of these cities are testimony to the extraordinary achievements of the pre-Columbian Maya civilisation.

The Mayan people of today retain their identity, languages and culture, and are found in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador.

(Question by Upstart3)
8. The Merlion is a national icon of Singapore. A lesser-known fact is that the expression "to merlion"/"to do the merlion" has found a permanent place in Singlish, the local creole. What does it mean?

Answer: To vomit profusely

The Merlion, a statue at Marina Bay in Singapore (with a much bigger brother on Sentosa, an artificial island just south of the city), was originally designed as a logo for the Singapore Tourism Board. Soon after the country's independence, the statue itself was built and has since become a national icon fronting Singapore's skyline. It shouldn't come as a surprise that it has made its way into the language - stemming from the fact that the Merlion spouts water incessantly, "to merlion" is used when somebody vomits heavily (for example, after drinking). Even medical professionals have been heard to make use of the term!

(Question by cairnster)
9. Brownsea Island, in Poole Harbour, was used by Robert Baden-Powell for what?

Answer: Camping events

The largest island in Dorset's Poole Harbour, Brownsea is a nature reserve, particularly known for its red squirrel population and diverse birdlife.

In 1907, Baden-Powell set up a camp to test his ideas as he developed his plans for the Scouting movement as set out in his 1908 book "Scouting for Boys".

(Question by Upstart3)
10. The Rockhampton region in Queensland, Australia, contains a stretch of coast that is named after a line of latitude. What is it called?

Answer: Capricorn Coast

The Capricorn Coast straddles the Tropic of Capricorn. It is a great attraction to tourists interested in nature and water activities, with beautiful beaches and attractions such as Great Keppel Island and the Southern Great Barrier Reef.
Source: Author Upstart3

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