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Quiz about They Came to Baghdad

They Came to Baghdad Trivia Quiz


In the current political climate, Baghdad may not seem a tourist magnet. Why not try a virtual visit to a city with a rich and fascinating cultural history?

A multiple-choice quiz by looney_tunes. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
looney_tunes
Time
4 mins
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325,982
Updated
Dec 03 21
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Question 1 of 10
1. They came to Baghdad on February 23, 2009 to see the re-opening for a single day of a national institution that had suffered severely during the 2003 Iraq war. What was the centre of interest on that day? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. They came to Baghdad to watch a champion football (soccer) team in action. Which of the following teams IS NOT based in Baghdad? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. They came to Baghdad to see one of the most famous mosques in the Islamic world. What is its name? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. They came to Baghdad to see one of the world's most famous rivers running through the centre of the city. On what river can tourists take a boat ride while visiting Baghdad? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. They came to Baghdad hoping they could avoid the dust storms that are common during part of the year. Which of the following periods should they avoid? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. They came to Baghdad to see the Hands of Victory, an arch built by President Saddam Hussein to celebrate the declaration of victory in the Iran-Iraq war. What is the official name for this monument? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. They came to Baghdad to hear the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra perform, having missed their concert at the Kennedy Centre in Washington, D. C. In what year did that performance occur? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. They came to Baghdad to see Qasr-Al-Khalifa, near the North Gate. This building is better known by a name referring to the caliphate during which it was constructed. What do they call it? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. They came to Baghdad to see Mustansiriya Madrasah, one of the oldest Islamic universities in the world. What unusual feature was constructed in the university's entrance hall in 1235? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. They came to Baghdad to visit the al-Zawraa' Gardens, which features the Zawraa Amusement Park and Zawraa' Tower, as well as what other animal-based attraction? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. They came to Baghdad on February 23, 2009 to see the re-opening for a single day of a national institution that had suffered severely during the 2003 Iraq war. What was the centre of interest on that day?

Answer: National Museum of Iraq

The National Museum of Iraq was not bombed during the war, but it suffered extensive looting, with over half its precious artifacts disappearing during April of 2003. The museum was originally established in 1926 (as the Baghdad Archaeological Museum) by the British traveler and author Gertrude Bell.

It housed a record of over 5,000 years of Mesopotamian history. Efforts to locate and restore the looted items have been conducted internationally, with about half of the missing items having been restored for the opening day in 2009.
2. They came to Baghdad to watch a champion football (soccer) team in action. Which of the following teams IS NOT based in Baghdad?

Answer: Manchester United

Manchester United is a very successful football team based in the English city of Manchester. Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya (an Airforce club), Al-Shorta (Police Club) and Al-Talaba (Students) are all among the most popular teams in Iraq. Al-Shorta is generally considered Iraq's best team, and are one of the only two Iraqi teams to win a competition outside of Iraq, winning the Inaugural Arab Champions League (then called the Arab Club Champions Cup) in 1982.

While in Baghdad, you may see them playing at Al-Shaab Stadium, the largest stadium in Baghdad at the start of the 21st century.
3. They came to Baghdad to see one of the most famous mosques in the Islamic world. What is its name?

Answer: Al Kadhimiya

Al Kadhimiya Mosque, also referred to as the Kadhimain Shrine, contains the tombs of two descendants of the prophet Mohammad, as well as those of two famous historical scholars. With its large gilded dome, gold-coated minarets, mirror mosaics, marble floors and glazed ceramic tiles featuring geometric engravings and Quranic verses, it is a stunning site.

Al Qa'ed Ibrahim Mosque can be seen in Alexandria, Egypt; Pul-e-Khishti Mosque is located in Kabul, Afghanistan; Baitul Futuh Mosque, currently the largest mosque in western Europe, is in London, England.
4. They came to Baghdad to see one of the world's most famous rivers running through the centre of the city. On what river can tourists take a boat ride while visiting Baghdad?

Answer: Tigris

The Tigris and the Euphrates define the Mesopotamian region, with the Tigris being the more easterly of the two. Baghdad was established on the banks of the Tigris in 762 by the caliph Al-Mansur, who originally named his city Madinat al-Salaam, or 'City of Peace'.

The name Baghdad had become common usage by the 11th century. The Tigris splits Baghdad in half; the eastern part of the city is called 'Risafa' and the western 'Karkh'.
5. They came to Baghdad hoping they could avoid the dust storms that are common during part of the year. Which of the following periods should they avoid?

Answer: June to August

Baghdad is one of the hottest cities in the world, with average maximum summer temperatures up to 44 C (111 F). Because of the low humidity and almost complete lack of rainfall during the summer, dust storms from the western deserts are a common summer occurrence. Winter temperatures are a lot more comfortable for the visitor, ranging from overnight lows around 4 C (39 F) to maxima between 15.5 C (60 F) and 18.5 C (65 F).
6. They came to Baghdad to see the Hands of Victory, an arch built by President Saddam Hussein to celebrate the declaration of victory in the Iran-Iraq war. What is the official name for this monument?

Answer: Swords of Qadisiyyah

There are actually two arches, marking the entrance to a parade ground built as part of Grand Festivities Square for the victory display; each consists of a pair of hands holding crossed swords. Part of the metal used to construct them came from guns and tanks of Iraqi soldiers killed in the Iran-Iraq war. The arches were opened to the public on August 8, 1989.

The other options are also tourist sights in Baghdad. Al Shaheed is a monument to the Iraqi soldiers killed in the Iran-Iraq war. Al Jundi Al Majhool is Iraq's Monument to the Unknown Soldier. Sahat Al Tahrir is also known as Liberation Square.
7. They came to Baghdad to hear the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra perform, having missed their concert at the Kennedy Centre in Washington, D. C. In what year did that performance occur?

Answer: 2003

In December 2003, the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra performed a joint concert with the U.S. National Symphony Orchestra and Yo-Yo Ma at the Kennedy Center in Washington, where they were introduced by Colin Powell. The orchestra was founded as the Baghdad Symphony Orchestra in 1944, and adopted its current name in 1959.
8. They came to Baghdad to see Qasr-Al-Khalifa, near the North Gate. This building is better known by a name referring to the caliphate during which it was constructed. What do they call it?

Answer: Abbasid Palace

The Abbasid caliphate, often referred to as the Golden Age of Islam, lasted from 750 CE until the sacking of Baghdad by Mongols under the leadership of Hulagu Khan (a grandson of Genghis Khan) in 1258. The Abbasid Palace is one of the oldest buildings remaining in Baghdad, and is believed to have been built by Caliph Al-Naser Ledinillah who ruled from 1179 to 1225 CE.
9. They came to Baghdad to see Mustansiriya Madrasah, one of the oldest Islamic universities in the world. What unusual feature was constructed in the university's entrance hall in 1235?

Answer: a water-powered alarm clock

Mustansiriya Madrasah was established in 1227 by the Abbasid Caliph al-Mustansir. In 1235 a water-powered alarm clock that announced the appointed prayer hours and displayed the time both in daylight and at night was constructed in the entrance hall.

The university survived the Mongol invasion of 1258, and is a major tourist attraction. Nearby can be found the Saray souq (market), the Baghdadi Museum (featuring waxworks and dioramas of life in the first half of the 20th century), the Abbasid Palace, and Mutanabbi Street, the bookselling centre of the city.
10. They came to Baghdad to visit the al-Zawraa' Gardens, which features the Zawraa Amusement Park and Zawraa' Tower, as well as what other animal-based attraction?

Answer: Baghdad Zoo

The Baghdad Zoo, once the largest in the Middle East, housed 650 animals before the 2003 war. After keepers had been forced to abandon the zoo, some animals died of starvation, some were taken for food by looters, some escaped and roamed the city. Only 35 survived to the eighth day after the city came under attack, when South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony arrived to start the rescue operation. On July 20, 2003 the zoo reopened to the public, featuring 86 animals, including all 19 surviving lions.
Source: Author looney_tunes

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