How Well You Know South Asia? Trivia Quiz

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How Well You Know South Asia? Trivia Quiz

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    South Asia can be described as a large, distinct landmass that is joined to a continent.  The word that best describes this is:
    • A. 

      Island

    • B. 

      Country

    • C. 

      Subcontinent

    • D. 

      Peninsula

  • 2. 
    In what part of South Asia are monsoon rains heaviest?
    • A. 

      Northern South Asia

    • B. 

      Eastern South Asia

    • C. 

      Southern South Asia

    • D. 

      Western South Asia

  • 3. 
    What impact do the summer monsoons of South Asia have on the people living there?
    • A. 

      Causes crops to die

    • B. 

      Causes iron production

    • C. 

      Causes people to grow crops

    • D. 

      Causes animals to flee

  • 4. 
    The Ganges River flows ______________ from the Himalayas.
    • A. 

      North

    • B. 

      South

    • C. 

      East

    • D. 

      West

  • 5. 
      Monsoons are caused by:
    • A. 

      Wind patterns and sun exposure

    • B. 

      Wind patterns and varied land and ocean temperatures

    • C. 

      Ocean temperatures below 0 degrees F

    • D. 

      Land temperatures below 0 degrees F

  • 6. 
    What two countries in South Asia primarily practice Islam?
    • A. 

      India and Pakistan

    • B. 

      Sri Lanka and Pakistan

    • C. 

      Pakistan and Bangladesh

    • D. 

      Nepal and Pakistan

  • 7. 
    The concepts of karma and samsara are teachings within each of the following religions EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Buddhism

    • B. 

      Jainism

    • C. 

      Confucianism

    • D. 

      Hinduism

  • 8. 
    Hindu’s revere which of the following rivers as sacred?
    • A. 

      Indus River

    • B. 

      Brahmaputra River

    • C. 

      Deccan Plateau

    • D. 

      Ganges River

  • 9. 
    The word “karma” literally means:
    • A. 

      Action

    • B. 

      Peace

    • C. 

      Holy

    • D. 

      Heaven

  • 10. 
    Originally the sacred text Sanskrit could only be read by:
    • A. 

      The warrior caste (Kshatriyas)

    • B. 

      The priestly caste (Brahmins)

    • C. 

      The servant caste (Shudras)

    • D. 

      Merchant caste (Vaishyas)

  • 11. 
    What two reasons best explain why the British were interested in the colonizing of India?
    • A. 

      Slaves and spices

    • B. 

      Trade and medicine

    • C. 

      Raw materials and consumers

    • D. 

      Silk and textiles

  • 12. 
    British colonization of India introduced all of these concepts EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      The English language

    • B. 

      Railroads

    • C. 

      Educational systems

    • D. 

      An oligarchy

  • 13. 
    Gandhi stressed Indian independence through:
    • A. 

      War

    • B. 

      Non-violence

    • C. 

      Fascist nationalism

    • D. 

      Religious doctrines

  • 14. 
    When did India gain independence from Britain?
    • A. 

      1855

    • B. 

      1987

    • C. 

      1796

    • D. 

      1947

  • 15. 
    The Partition of India lead to:
    • A. 

      The creation of India and Pakistan

    • B. 

      The spread of Islam

    • C. 

      A famine

    • D. 

      British rule of India

  • 16. 
    In which South Asian country are the most cities connected by highways? In which South Asian country are the most cities connected by highways?
    • A. 

      Pakistan

    • B. 

      Nepal

    • C. 

      Sri Lanka

    • D. 

      India

  • 17. 
    In the 1990s India’s government opened it’s economy to direct foreign investments, causing most industries and companies to operate through private ownership. The following statements concerning this change are true EXCEPT:  
    • A. 

      Caused economic growth

    • B. 

      Expanded the middle class

    • C. 

      Caused great disparity between the upper and lower class

    • D. 

      Caused a growth in population

  • 18. 
    Indian and Bangladeshi industries are known to manufacture:
    • A. 

      Cars

    • B. 

      Gold

    • C. 

      Iron

    • D. 

      Oil

  • 19. 
    What is the dominant economic activity in South Asia?
    • A. 

      Trading

    • B. 

      Agriculture

    • C. 

      Manufacturing

    • D. 

      Mining and fishing

  • 20. 
    Why is it important for countries of South Asia to raise other crops in addition to cash crops?
    • A. 

      To sustain the economies

    • B. 

      To sell

    • C. 

      To export

    • D. 

      To supply food to the region

  • 21. 
    Where do most people in Bangladesh reside?
    • A. 

      In rural areas

    • B. 

      Suburban areas

    • C. 

      Cities

    • D. 

      Small communities

  • 22. 
    The average population density in India is:
    • A. 

      Very high

    • B. 

      Low

    • C. 

      Very low

    • D. 

      Moderate

  • 23. 
    What was the main effect of European colonization on South Asia?
    • A. 

      Growth of trade

    • B. 

      Growth of upper class

    • C. 

      Loss of land to the Belgians

    • D. 

      Division and religious conflict

  • 24. 
    What event in 1998 made the conflict between India and Pakistan more serious?
    • A. 

      India and Pakistan declared war on each other

    • B. 

      Gandhi was assassinated causing riots

    • C. 

      Pakistani terrorists blew up the parliament buildings in New Delhi

    • D. 

      India and Pakistan both conducted underground nuclear tests

  • 25. 
    Based on the Indian caste system, the caste that you were in was determined by:
    • A. 

      Birth

    • B. 

      Family

    • C. 

      Religious affiliation

    • D. 

      Money