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Quiz about Down to the Stripe
Quiz about Down to the Stripe

Down to the Stripe Trivia Quiz


Most national flags across the globe are striped. Here's to the stripes - and everything that's on them.

A multiple-choice quiz by Trent500. Estimated time: 6 mins.
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Author
Trent500
Time
6 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
379,279
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
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247
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Question 1 of 10
1. Let's have the simplest specimens to begin with - two striped flags. This former Soviet Union uses a horizontal bicolour with a strong azure stripe over a yellow one. The epicentre of a well documented twentieth century nuclear disaster, the nation could have drawn inspiration for the flag colours from fire and water, traditionally important symbols in the region. Kindly identify this country. Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Here, have some duplicates. Three of them. These three national flags have some bondage - all of them are two striped flags in the colours red and white. One of these, however, is the odd one out, in that it has the white stripe on top and the red stripe below, rather than the other way round. Which of the given four *flags* is being spoken of? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Let's stick around with two striped national entities for a while. I'll describe the flag, you name the corresponding country. Here it goes: "a horizontal bicolour with a red stripe above and a white below, charged on the upper left on the red stripe by a white crescent moon facing a pentagon of five small white stars, the five stars themselves being five pointed." Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Now let's add some stripes - one stripe. The given alternatives below show countries with flags having three stripes. All three stripes are of solid, single colours and there are *no additional symbols* on the flags. Under these constraints, just one pair is such that the corresponding flags have a white coloured stripe at the top. Identify this pair of countries from those given below. Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Here's a slightly obscure piece. All the four national flags given below have two things in common - stripes and a single five pointed star. However, one of these carries a red star on itself; while in all others, the star is yellow. Your task - pick the *flag* that contains a *red* star as opposed to a *yellow* star. Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. One third of all world flags host religious symbols particular to that area's religions. Christian symbols, followed by Islamic symbols, feature most commonly on national flags. Two South American countries both depict the Sun of May, symbolic of the ancient Incan religion, on their flags. Both flags are adorned with alternating blue and white stripes. Which countries are these? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Liberia, Malaysia and the United States have strikingly similar flags. Multiple horizontal stripes in red and white, alternately, are accompanied by a blue field at the top left of the layout. In the sequence of Liberia, Malaysia and then the United States, tell me how many stripes in all appear on each of their flags, in this order. Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Here's some unique stuff. From 1977 through to 2011, at the behest of national leader Muammar Gaddafi, his country's flag had just one lone stripe that spread out over the entire flag. In less technical terms, it was then the world's only single coloured flag. Which *flag* is the talk of the debate here? (PS - I'll have just the stripe, no extra designs needed. Thanks.) Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. These two flags have often kicked off political debates as they almost completely resemble each other, even in their colours, and differ simply by minor shade variations (and their side length ratios). Flag One is a horizontal triband in *bright vermilion, white and cobalt blue.* Flag Two is a horizontal triband in *red, white and light blue.* Given that both flags belong to European countries, give the countries corresponding to flags One and Two respectively. Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Finally, here's a very unique flag to top things off. I'll describe the flag, you name it (the *flag*). Here it goes: "Five solid coloured bands radiating from the bottom of the hoist side. These appear in blue, yellow, red, white and green respectively, starting from the vertical hoist side and ending at the horizontal bottom side. All bands are oblique and not horizontal or vertical." Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Let's have the simplest specimens to begin with - two striped flags. This former Soviet Union uses a horizontal bicolour with a strong azure stripe over a yellow one. The epicentre of a well documented twentieth century nuclear disaster, the nation could have drawn inspiration for the flag colours from fire and water, traditionally important symbols in the region. Kindly identify this country.

Answer: Ukraine

Ukraine remained a part of the erstwhile Soviet Union till 1991, when the Union was dissolved at the end of the Cold War. Since then, Ukraine has come to be the largest country entirely in Europe, inclusive of the disputed Crimean peninsula. It also has the largest military in Europe after Russia.

The Ukrainian flag initially was yellow over blue, but afterwards changed to blue over yellow to enhance its appeal to the common people. An analogy suggested for this colour combination was of the blue sky over yellow wheat fields underneath. Ukraine celebrates its Flag Day on 23 August each year starting from 2004.

The nuclear disaster referenced was the catastrophic Chernobyl disaster on 26 April 1986. An explosion and a fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant at Pripyat, in modern Ukraine, lead to 31 direct casualties and the release of radioactive particles through the western Soviet Union and Europe. Belarus, Ukraine and Russia were maximally hit by the accident.
2. Here, have some duplicates. Three of them. These three national flags have some bondage - all of them are two striped flags in the colours red and white. One of these, however, is the odd one out, in that it has the white stripe on top and the red stripe below, rather than the other way round. Which of the given four *flags* is being spoken of?

Answer: The flag of Poland

The Macedonian flag is red and yellow - not red and white - so that alternative may conveniently be struck off. The three flags thus in question are those of Indonesia, Poland and Monaco. Out of these, it is the Polish flag that has the white stripe over the red one - the other flags have red over white.

Indonesia and Monaco have strikingly similar flags, the only concrete difference being the flags' respective side length ratios. The Indonesian flag has its sides in a 2:3 ratio; the flag of Monaco is usually designed in the ratio 4:5.

Examples of flags in red and white that are NOT horizontally striped include those of Bahrain, Canada, Denmark, Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region in China), Japan and Turkey.
3. Let's stick around with two striped national entities for a while. I'll describe the flag, you name the corresponding country. Here it goes: "a horizontal bicolour with a red stripe above and a white below, charged on the upper left on the red stripe by a white crescent moon facing a pentagon of five small white stars, the five stars themselves being five pointed."

Answer: Singapore

With regard to the choice of symbols and the colour scheme, the Singaporean flag loosely resembles the Turkish flag. According to the Singaporean State, the colour red stands for "universal brotherhood and equality of man" and white for "pervading and everlasting purity and virtue." The waxing crescent moon is no religious symbol but "represents a young nation on the ascendant." The five white stars "stand for the nation's ideals of democracy, peace, progress, justice and equality."

During the celebration period of Singapore's National Day each year, the flag is on prominent display in residential zones and government areas alike. During this while, it even appears as a part of costumes and attires, provided such depiction is not intentionally disrespectful.
4. Now let's add some stripes - one stripe. The given alternatives below show countries with flags having three stripes. All three stripes are of solid, single colours and there are *no additional symbols* on the flags. Under these constraints, just one pair is such that the corresponding flags have a white coloured stripe at the top. Identify this pair of countries from those given below.

Answer: Bulgaria and Russia

Bulgaria in white, green and red and Russia in white, blue and red - this is the order of the colours of the stripes in each flag from top to bottom. Additionally, since I required there to be *no extra symbols* on the flags, these two are also the *only* national flags satisfying this criterion. Countries like the Netherlands and Germany would most likely have helped identify which options can be conveniently written off.

A few three striped flags of this sort not having any white stripe are those of Armenia, Bolivia, Gabon and Lithuania.
5. Here's a slightly obscure piece. All the four national flags given below have two things in common - stripes and a single five pointed star. However, one of these carries a red star on itself; while in all others, the star is yellow. Your task - pick the *flag* that contains a *red* star as opposed to a *yellow* star.

Answer: The flag of Djibouti

Since the red star is actually pretty conspicuous, it may not be *that* obscure. The flag of Djibouti is a two striped specie with a light blue stripe over a light green one. Besides, it hosts a white isosceles triangle with the hoist side as its base. The red star adorns the centre of this triangle.

Speaking colourwise, light blue symbolises the sea and sky, light green symbolises the earth, white symbolises peace and red symbolises the unity of the state. Use of the Djiboutian national flag came into effect from 27 June 1977 when Djibouti freed itself from French dominance.

The red star, I am told, represents the Somali-inhabited territories of Greater Somalia. Greater Somalia is a region occupied by people traditionally of Somali ethnicity, spreading over the Horn of Africa, which itself is a peninsula in northeastern Africa.
6. One third of all world flags host religious symbols particular to that area's religions. Christian symbols, followed by Islamic symbols, feature most commonly on national flags. Two South American countries both depict the Sun of May, symbolic of the ancient Incan religion, on their flags. Both flags are adorned with alternating blue and white stripes. Which countries are these?

Answer: Argentina and Uruguay

As of 2014, sixty four of the world's countries, approximately one third out of all, display religious symbols on their flags. Christianity (31 flags) followed by Islam (21 flags) are the most depicted religions. These apart, three have symbols concurrent in both Hinduism and Buddhism, two have explicitly Buddhist symbols, one flag denotes Jewish symbolism and six flags have religious imagery from other faiths.

Argentina's and Uruguay's flags belong to the final category. The Sun of May, besides appearing on these flags, is also a national emblem of both countries. It is considered a representation of the Incan sun god, Inti. Generally, it is shown with sixteen rays, alternately straight and wavy. The straight rays represent light and the wavy ones represent heat.
7. Liberia, Malaysia and the United States have strikingly similar flags. Multiple horizontal stripes in red and white, alternately, are accompanied by a blue field at the top left of the layout. In the sequence of Liberia, Malaysia and then the United States, tell me how many stripes in all appear on each of their flags, in this order.

Answer: 11, 14 and 13

Piece of chocolate cake with the icing, eh? The stripes on each individual flag have a different symbolism. The eleven stripes on the Liberian flag denote the signatories of the Liberian Declaration of Independence. Many foreign owned ships around the world fly the Liberian flag as the country offers registration under its flag.

The fourteen stripes on the Malaysian flag represent overall the thirteen member states and the federal government. The fact that all stripes have equal width conveys the equal status of all these entities. The Malaysian flag is called "Jalur Gemilang", Malay for "stripes of glory".

The thirteen stripes on the American flag symbolise the thirteen British colonies that declared independence from the British empire and became the first states of the American union. The flag of the United States is nicknamed "the Star Spangled Banner" and "the Stars and Stripes", among others.
8. Here's some unique stuff. From 1977 through to 2011, at the behest of national leader Muammar Gaddafi, his country's flag had just one lone stripe that spread out over the entire flag. In less technical terms, it was then the world's only single coloured flag. Which *flag* is the talk of the debate here? (PS - I'll have just the stripe, no extra designs needed. Thanks.)

Answer: The flag of Libya

Yep, just one stripe and nothing else. Libya gained complete independence in 1951. After the event, a horizontal triband was adopted - with a red stripe on top, then black and then green at the bottom. The black stripe was twice the width of either of the other two stripes and hosted a white crescent along with a white five pointed star.

The country suffered a highly unrestful dictatorial regime under Muammar Gaddafi, who changed Libya's flag to plain green - modelling it after his "Green Book." Green could have represented Islam or, traditionally, the area of Tripolitania.

When the mentioned individual was ousted from power in 2011, Libya fell back on its previous national flag - adding two stripes along the way.
9. These two flags have often kicked off political debates as they almost completely resemble each other, even in their colours, and differ simply by minor shade variations (and their side length ratios). Flag One is a horizontal triband in *bright vermilion, white and cobalt blue.* Flag Two is a horizontal triband in *red, white and light blue.* Given that both flags belong to European countries, give the countries corresponding to flags One and Two respectively.

Answer: The Netherlands and Luxembourg

The flags of the Netherlands and Luxembourg are strikingly similar - perhaps the only difference being that Luxembourg's flag has a lighter shade of blue and is slightly longer. The flag of the Netherlands was officially adopted in 1937 and that of Luxembourg in 1972.

The similarity between these flags has often incited political arguments and a legislative proposal (2006) has been suggested by Michel Volter to change the national flag and use instead the red lion ensign of Luxembourg. It is said to be much more popular and historically important than the triband currently being used.

The movement for adopting the ensign has gained force in the country and supporters of the initiative do everything possible to promote their cause.
10. Finally, here's a very unique flag to top things off. I'll describe the flag, you name it (the *flag*). Here it goes: "Five solid coloured bands radiating from the bottom of the hoist side. These appear in blue, yellow, red, white and green respectively, starting from the vertical hoist side and ending at the horizontal bottom side. All bands are oblique and not horizontal or vertical."

Answer: The flag of Seychelles

The flag that I described was the third flag used by Seychelles since it obtained freedom from Britain. The colours on the flag depict the official colours of two major parties there - Seychelles People's United Party and the Seychelles Democratic Party.

As far as each of the five colours go, let's have a look - blue depicts the sky and sea surrounding Seychelles; yellow denotes the sun, the giver of light and life; red stands for "the people and their determination to work for the future in unity and love"; white depicts social justice and harmony; green, finally, represents the land and natural environment.

Well, no doubt they've got a taste for colour - the previous flags weren't much less colourful either.
Source: Author Trent500

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