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Quiz about Solomon Islands  Gem of the South Pacific Ocean
Quiz about Solomon Islands  Gem of the South Pacific Ocean

Solomon Islands - Gem of the South Pacific Ocean Quiz


Noted for its turquoise lagoons and rich culture, the Solomon Islands is a hidden gem in the South Pacific Ocean. It offers spectacular views of untouched landscapes. What else do you know about this archipelago nation? Let's find out. Enjoy!

A photo quiz by Matthew_07. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
Matthew_07
Time
3 mins
Type
Photo Quiz
Quiz #
404,494
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
Avg Score
9 / 10
Plays
1057
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Top 10% Quiz
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Question 1 of 10
1. Along with Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and Vanuatu, which sub-region of Oceania is the archipelago nation of Solomon Islands located in? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Spanish navigator Álvaro de Mendaña discovered the Solomon Islands in 1568. He named the islands after King Solomon, who was a famous figure in which religious text? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Geographically speaking, what are Choiseul, Guadalcanal, Malaita, New Georgia, San Cristobal, and Santa Isabel? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Home to the National Parliament and the Guadalcanal American Memorial, the capital of the Solomon Islands, Honiara, is also the economic and financial hub of the island nation. On which island is Honiara located? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. The highest point of the Solomon Islands measures 2335 meters (7661 feet) above sea level. Home to various endemic flora and fauna, what is the name of the Solomon Islands' highest mountain? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Surrounded by the volcanic Nggatokae Island and Vangunu Island, Marovo Lagoon is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Solomon Islands. What is the lagoon's claim to fame? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Located on the southern region of Rennell Island, East Rennell was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998. It is also home the largest lake in the South Pacific. Which lake is it? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. The stretch of water located between Guadalcanal, Savo Island, and Florida Island in the Solomon Islands, contains one of the world's highest concentration of shipwrecks and plane crash sites from World War II. What is the name given to this eerie area? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Geneticists have reported that some dark-skinned Solomon Islanders have a specific hair color, yet the gene variant that is responsible for this color of hair is different than that found in Europeans. Which hair color is being described? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. In 1943, after the patrol torpedo boat under his command was sunk by a Japanese destroyer, this US President, who served in the US Navy during World War II, was saved by two Solomon Islanders. Which famous political figure, who served as the 35th president of the United States, is being described? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Along with Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and Vanuatu, which sub-region of Oceania is the archipelago nation of Solomon Islands located in?

Answer: Melanesia

The sub-region of Melanesia includes Fiji, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia, which is a special collectivity of France. Etymologically speaking, the name "Melanesia" is of Greek origin; it means islands of black.
2. Spanish navigator Álvaro de Mendaña discovered the Solomon Islands in 1568. He named the islands after King Solomon, who was a famous figure in which religious text?

Answer: The Bible

Born in Spain, Álvaro de Mendaña (1542 - 1595) was a celebrated Spanish navigator who was noted for his voyages to the Pacific in 1567 and 1595. In addition to the Solomon Islands, he also discovered the Cook Islands and the Marquesas Islands.

King Solomon was a famous biblical king who was known for his wealth and wisdom.
3. Geographically speaking, what are Choiseul, Guadalcanal, Malaita, New Georgia, San Cristobal, and Santa Isabel?

Answer: They are the six main islands of the Solomon Islands.

The archipelago nation of Solomon Islands consists of six main islands (Choiseul, Guadalcanal, Malaita, New Georgia, San Cristobal, and Santa Isabel) and more than 900 smaller islands and atolls. The country is divided into nine provinces and a capital territory.
4. Home to the National Parliament and the Guadalcanal American Memorial, the capital of the Solomon Islands, Honiara, is also the economic and financial hub of the island nation. On which island is Honiara located?

Answer: Guadalcanal

The capital of the Solomon Islands, Honiara, is located on the northwestern coast of the country's largest island, Guadalcanal. It is served by Honiara International Airport.

Discovered by Spanish navigator Álvaro de Mendaña in 1568, the island of Guadalcanal is named after a village of the same name in Seville, Andalusia, Spain.
5. The highest point of the Solomon Islands measures 2335 meters (7661 feet) above sea level. Home to various endemic flora and fauna, what is the name of the Solomon Islands' highest mountain?

Answer: Mount Popomanaseu

Mount Popomanaseu is a mountain of volcanic origin. It is located on the island of Guadalcanal. Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest point in Tanzania, and the entire African continent. Mount Nyangani is the highest point of Zimbabwe, whereas Mount Saint Catherine is the highest point of Grenada.
6. Surrounded by the volcanic Nggatokae Island and Vangunu Island, Marovo Lagoon is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Solomon Islands. What is the lagoon's claim to fame?

Answer: It is one of the world's largest saltwater lagoons.

Occupying an approximate area of 700 square kilometers (270 square miles), the turquoise Marovo Lagoon is located in the New Georgia Islands. The lagoon is also home the endangered Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin.
7. Located on the southern region of Rennell Island, East Rennell was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998. It is also home the largest lake in the South Pacific. Which lake is it?

Answer: Lake Tegano

Lake Tegano, also known as Te Nggano or Tungano, occupies an approximate area of 155 square kilometers (60 square miles), making it the largest South Pacific lake. Lake Baikal is Russia's largest lake. Lake Malawi is the largest lake of Malawi, whereas Lake Vostok is the largest subglacial lake of Antarctica.
8. The stretch of water located between Guadalcanal, Savo Island, and Florida Island in the Solomon Islands, contains one of the world's highest concentration of shipwrecks and plane crash sites from World War II. What is the name given to this eerie area?

Answer: Ironbottom Sound

Many battleships and planes sank at Ironbottom Sound (also known as Ironbottomed Sound or Iron Bottom Bay) during the Battle of Guadalcanal (1942 - 1943). This site is also a popular diving spot that offers the stunning yet eerie view of war wrecks.
9. Geneticists have reported that some dark-skinned Solomon Islanders have a specific hair color, yet the gene variant that is responsible for this color of hair is different than that found in Europeans. Which hair color is being described?

Answer: Blond

In a research article published in "Science" in 2012, scientists reported that the special tyrosinase-related protein 1 is responsible for some Solomon Islanders' blond hair. English geneticists Carlos Bustamante commented, "Humans are beautifully diverse, and this is just the tip of the iceberg."
10. In 1943, after the patrol torpedo boat under his command was sunk by a Japanese destroyer, this US President, who served in the US Navy during World War II, was saved by two Solomon Islanders. Which famous political figure, who served as the 35th president of the United States, is being described?

Answer: John F. Kennedy

The patrol torpedo boat PT-109 was commanded by Lieutenant John F. Kennedy. After the boat was rammed by a Japanese destroyer, Kennedy and the remaining crewmen escaped and swam to an island nearby. They eventually met and were saved by two Solomon Islanders, Eroni Kumana and Biuku Gasa.
Source: Author Matthew_07

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