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Interesting Names of Countries

written by: marcing
 
I have authored a quiz on US States names. Now it's time to go global. Some countries' names are really interesting.

Question 1:


Which country’s name is derived from silver?
Samoa
Zimbabwe
Argentina
Switzerland

Question 2:


What is the meaning of the name of China in the native language of the country?
Empire of Gods
The Great Nation
Middle Kingdom
Land Behind the Wall

Question 3:


What is the origin of the name of Australia?
"Austral parakeet", a parrot native to the continent
Southern (Latin)
Bigger Austria (German)
It refers to the multitude of stars that can be observed from there ("astral land")

Question 4:


Which country’s name means "rich harbour"?
Cape Verde
Puerto Rico
Thailand
Sierra Leone

Question 5:


Belarus is a country in Eastern Europe. The name relates to Russia. What is the proper translation?
White Russia
Lower Russia
Red Russia
West Russia

Question 6:


Which country's name can be translated as "God fights"?
Israel
Germany
Turkey
Iran

Question 7:


Which country has a lion in its name?
Sudan
Kiribati
Sierra Leone
Cape Verde

Question 8:


Many Central Asian countries’ names end with "STAN". What does the suffix mean?
Empire
Kingdom
Mountain
Land

Question 9:


Which country name does NOT contain a color?
Sri Lanka
Belarus
Cape Verde
Montenegro

Question 10:


What is the origin of the name of Tanzania?
It comes from Latin "stanza", meaning "poetry."
Tanzan, a Buddhist monk who was the legendary founder of the country
"Land of the Proud" in Swahili
It's a combination of TANganyika and ZANzibar, the two main parts of the country.

Question 11:


Many Caribbean nations are named after a saint. Which "saint" country is fictional?
Saint George
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Martin
Saint Lucia

Question 12:


Which African nation is "country of the blacks"?
Zimbabwe
Montenegro
Sudan
Senegal

 


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