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Indonesian Islands

written by: spaauw
 
Indonesia, a nation of nearly 250 million people, stretches across a large archipelago of islands, from near the Asian mainland to just north of Australia. Several of these islands are among the largest in the world, and others are well known for other reasons. You probably know more than you think about the islands of Indonesia.

Question 1:


This western half of this island is part of Indonesia, while the eastern half is a nation which gained independence in 2002, following hundreds of years of European colonialism and 25 years of Indonesian occupation.
Celebes
Sumatra
Timor
Borneo

Question 2:


Which Indonesian island is shared by four Indonesian provinces and two other nations: the eastern half of Malaysia and the tiny oil-rich sultanate of Brunei?
Borneo
Sumatra
Flores
New Guinea

Question 3:


These islands were the original spice islands, which have drawn traders from all over the world for thousands of years, and were a major factor in causing the European age of exploration, as explorers set out to find the fabled East Indies.
Sumatra and Borneo
Ternate, Tidore and Banda
Celebes and New Guinea
Timor, Flores and Sumba

Question 4:


Indonesia's most populous, with over 100 million people, this island has a name synonymous with 'coffee' in modern American culture.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)


Question 5:


Which Indonesian island was in the news in 2003 when the remains of an extinct variety of small hominids (popularly referred to as 'Hobbits'), measuring about 3 feet in height, were found there?
Flores
Sumatra
New Guinea
Timor

Question 6:


This island, the second largest in the world, is shared by Indonesia and another country. Because of its impenetrable swamps, jungles and towering mountains, it wasn't explored by outsiders until the past 100 years, and new tribes of humans with stone-age societies are still being discovered in the interior.
New Guinea
Flores
Sumatra
Celebes

Question 7:


Arguably the best known of all Indonesian islands, this small island has long been regarded as a tropical paradise and tourist destination. This image has been tarnished by deadly terrorist attacks in 2002 and 2005.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)


Question 8:


This island is the third largest in Indonesia, and is probably known for its coffee. It is also home to unique (and endangered) species of elephants, tigers, and rhinoceroses. It is also one of two islands which have indigenous orangutans.
Sumatra
Celebes
New Guinea
Timor

Question 9:


Which of these describes best the location of the volcanic island of Krakatau (sometimes erroneously called 'Krakatoa'), which had a well-known and devastating eruption on August 23, 1883?
Off the coast of Borneo
West of New Guinea
Between Java and Sumatra
East of Java

Question 10:


This volcano, located on the island of Sumbawa, erupted in 1815, generally regarded as the largest volcanic eruption in recorded history. The eruption killed thousands, and changed global climatic patterns.
Tambora
Merapi
Mandiri
Krakatau

 


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