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Quiz about Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Quiz about Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Between a Rock and a Hard Place Quiz


Deserts can be forbidding places, but amazing sites have been established among the rocks and sands over the centuries. What do you know about these World Heritage Sites located between a rock and a hard place?

A multiple-choice quiz by PDAZ. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
PDAZ
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
346,755
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
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1. The Arg- Bam or Bam Citadel is at the heart of the World Heritage Site known as "Bam and its Cultural Landscape". In which modern day country does it lie? Hint

Jordan
Iraq
Iran
Syria

2. By what fragrant name is the World Heritage Site of the "Desert Cities in the Negev" known? Hint

Incense Route
Thyme Center
Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Cape Floral

3. The World Heritage Site of Jam lies way up in the Ghur mountains of Afghanistan. Dating back to the early twelfth century, just what is Jam? Hint

Stone circle
Burial ground
Statue of Buddha
Minaret

4. Where can the World Heritage Site known by the names of Al-Hijr, Madain Saleh or Hegra be found? Hint

Saudi Arabia
Sudan
India
Indonesia

5. The ancient city of Sana'a in Yemen is a World Heritage Site. It is known for the architecture of the houses, mosques, and the fourteen hammams. What is the purpose of the building known as a hammam? Hint

Bath house
Marketplace
Reliquary
Court of Law

6. What ruins can be found at Palmyra, Syria? Hint

An ancient desert city
The Tower of Babel
A WWII tank graveyard
Petrified palm trees

7. Qal'at al-Bahrain is named for the fort which crowns the ancient site. Continuously occupied since at least 4500 years B.C.E., it was the capital city of which ancient civilisation? Hint

Gacarian
Sumerian
Dilmun
Ash Ock

8. In which country on the Arabian Peninsula can the Land of Frankincense or Frankincense Trail be found? Hint

Lebanon
Oman
Eritrea
Kuwait

9. The ancient city of Zabid in Yemen was named for a nearby geographical feature; what is it? Hint

Mountain
Valley
River
Lake

10. While Egypt has a few better known World Heritage Sites, what makes the site of Abu Mena special? Hint

It was an early Christian holy city.
It contained the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus.
It was an ancient llama burial ground.
It is believed to be the site of Atlantis.


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. The Arg- Bam or Bam Citadel is at the heart of the World Heritage Site known as "Bam and its Cultural Landscape". In which modern day country does it lie?

Answer: Iran

Built some time around 200 B.C.E., the citadel at Bam was the largest adobe building in the world, and was occupied continually from when it was built until the mid 19th century. Sadly, the site was severely damaged by a massive earthquake in 2003, but a joint group from several countries are committed to rebuilding and restoring this fascinating site. Bam was declared a World Heritage Site in 2004.
2. By what fragrant name is the World Heritage Site of the "Desert Cities in the Negev" known?

Answer: Incense Route

Declared a World Heritage Site in 2005, the Incense Route consists of four towns in the Negev Desert of Israel: Avdat, Haluza, Mamshit and Shivta as well as the route and surrounding area linking them to the Mediterranean Sea. These areas were along the incense and spice routes that brought frankincense and myrrh to the Mediterranean region, and they were constructed by the Nabatean civilization that was also responsible for the building of Petra and Al-Hijr.
3. The World Heritage Site of Jam lies way up in the Ghur mountains of Afghanistan. Dating back to the early twelfth century, just what is Jam?

Answer: Minaret

The Minaret of Jam is almost seventy metres tall, and stands in a beautiful unspoiled river valley, almost 2000 metres above sea level. The setting is so remote that the minaret was only made known to UNESCO (and the West in general) in the late 1950s. The Minaret of Jam became a World Heritage Site in 2002.
4. Where can the World Heritage Site known by the names of Al-Hijr, Madain Saleh or Hegra be found?

Answer: Saudi Arabia

The resemblance of Al-Hijr, also known as Madain Saleh or Hegra, to the site of Petra, Jordan, isn't coincidental; both sites were created by the Nabataean civilization. Al-Hijr consists of a series of over 100 tombs carved into sandstone mountains between the 1st century B.C.E. and the 1st century C.E. In 2008, Al-Hijr was the first World Heritage Site to be recognized in Saudi Arabia.
5. The ancient city of Sana'a in Yemen is a World Heritage Site. It is known for the architecture of the houses, mosques, and the fourteen hammams. What is the purpose of the building known as a hammam?

Answer: Bath house

A hammam is a Turkish bath, often described as a mix between a Scandinavian sauna and a Roman bath-house. The fourteen hammams which survive in Sana'a were all built before the 11th century. The old city of Sana'a was declared a World Heritage Site in 1986.
6. What ruins can be found at Palmyra, Syria?

Answer: An ancient desert city

Declared a World Heritage Site in 1980, Palmyra contains the ruins of a great city that served as a caravan oasis. Called The Bride of the Desert or The Oasis, the exact age of the city isn't known, but it was mentioned in tablets dating back to 2000 B.C.E. The city fell to the Romans in the late second century C.E. and gradually fell into disuse afterwards.
7. Qal'at al-Bahrain is named for the fort which crowns the ancient site. Continuously occupied since at least 4500 years B.C.E., it was the capital city of which ancient civilisation?

Answer: Dilmun

Until excavation began at Qal'at al-Bahrain, the Dilmun civilisation was only known from references in some ancient Sumerian writings. The whole site is known as a "Tell" which is a mound made up of layer upon layer of detritus of previous habitation on the same site.

The tell at Qal'at al-Bahrain is over 12m tall, and is crowned with the Portuguese fort that gives the site its name. Qal'at al-Bahrain became a World Heritage Site in 2005.
8. In which country on the Arabian Peninsula can the Land of Frankincense or Frankincense Trail be found?

Answer: Oman

Declared a World Heritage Site in 2000 as the "Land of Frankincense", the Frankincense Trail consists of several sites that highlight the production and distribution of the aromatic resin of the Boswellia trees. Frankincense was an important luxury trade item in the Mediterranean and Asian regions.

The trees of Wadi Dawkah, the caravan oasis of Shisr/Wubar and the port areas of Khor Rori and Al-Baleed make up the site designated as the Land of Frankincense.
9. The ancient city of Zabid in Yemen was named for a nearby geographical feature; what is it?

Answer: Valley

The city was named for the nearby Wadi Zabid, and was once the capital of the territory ruled over by the Ziyadid Dynasty, from the ninth to the eleventh centuries C.E. The historic town was declared a World Heritage Site in 1993. In 2000, it was declared to be an endangered site due to "poor upkeep and conservation" by the Yememi government.
10. While Egypt has a few better known World Heritage Sites, what makes the site of Abu Mena special?

Answer: It was an early Christian holy city.

Declared a World Heritage Site in 1979, the city located near Alexandria was built on the tomb of the martyr Saint Menas who died in 296 C.E. The site was destroyed during the mid-7th century C.E. but archeological excavations in the 20th century uncovered many of the remains. The site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage in Danger list in 2001 due to rising local water tables that have collapsed structures in the city.
Source: Author PDAZ

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