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African Geography Quiz # 2



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  1. The cassava (manioc) plant is grown throughout the tropics for its tubers. In Africa, the _______ are also cooked and eaten.
    1. Bark
    2. Fruits
    3. Leaves
    4. Roots
    5. Seeds


  2. Which of these common English food words did not come from an African language?
    1. Goober (from Nguba)
    2. Gumbo (from Ngumbo or Ngombo)
    3. Okra (from Nkruman or Nkruma)
    4. Succotash (from Msickquatash)
    5. Yam (from Nyami)


  3. Fufu can be made from boiled and pounded _______ .
    1. Cassava Tubers
    2. Plantains
    3. Yams
    4. All of the above


  4. Which African writers are matched correctly to their country?
    1. Ghana : Ama Ata Aidoo
    2. Kenya : Ngugi Wa Thiongo
    3. Nigeria : Amos Tutuola
    4. Senegal : Mariama Ba
    5. Senegal : Sembene Ousmane
    6. All of the above


  5. Which African ethnic groups are matched correctly to their country?
    1. Kenya and Tanzania : Masai (Maasai)
    2. Nigeria : Yoruba
    3. South Africa : Zulu
    4. Uganda : Ganda
    5. Zimbabwe : Shona
    6. All of the above


  6. Which African rulers are matched correctly to their country?
    1. Central African Republic : Jean-Bédel Bokassa
    2. Malawi : Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda
    3. Uganda : Idi Amin
    4. Zaire (Congo [Kinshasa]) : Mobutu Sese Seko
    5. Zimbabwe : Robert Mugabe
    6. All of the above


  7. _______ was the first African musician to have a number one single in the U.S.
    1. King Sunny Ade
    2. Fela Kuti
    3. Miriam Makeba
    4. Hugh Masekela
    5. Sade (Helen Folasade Adu)


  8. Victoria Falls is on the course of which river, and on the border of which two countries?
    1. Congo River; Congo [Brazzaville] and Congo [Kinshasa]
    2. Limpopo River; Botswana and South Africa
    3. Senegal River; Mauritania and Senegal
    4. Zambezi River; Zambia and Zimbabwe


  9. The name of which African capital city comes from a Masai phrase meaning Cold Water?
    1. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
    2. Kampala, Uganda
    3. Nairobi, Kenya
    4. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso


  10. Which African country is the most populous?
    1. Congo
    2. Egypt
    3. Nigeria
    4. Sudan
    5. Tanzania


  11. Which African country was fomerly known as the Gold Coast?
    1. Congo
    2. Ghana
    3. Nigeria
    4. Togo


  12. The Cape of Good Hope is on the coast of _______ .
    1. Ethiopia
    2. Libya
    3. Senegal
    4. South Africa


  13. The longest river in Africa is _______ .
    1. The Congo
    2. The Limpopo
    3. The Niger
    4. The Nile
    5. The Zambezi


  14. Which of these countries are landlocked?
    1. Botswana
    2. Burkina Faso
    3. Chad
    4. Mali
    5. Zimbabwe
    6. All of the above


  15. Where is Timbuktu?
    1. Botswana
    2. Burkina Faso
    3. Chad
    4. Mali
    5. Zimbabwe


  16. Who was the first citizen of an African country to become Secretary-General of the United Nations?
    1. Kofi Annan
    2. Boutros Boutros-Ghali
    3. Trygve Lie
    4. Javier Perez de Cuellar
    5. U Thant


  17. Where was Great Britain's Queen Elizabeth II on Feb. 6, 1952 when her father, King George VI, died, making her queen?
    1. England
    2. Ghana
    3. Kenya
    4. Nigeria






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