Do You Know About Africa?

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  • 1. 

    What were the apartheid laws that required Black South Africans to carry ID cards?

    • A.

      Group Areas Act

    • B.

      Population Identification

    • C.

      Pass Laws

    • D.

      Influx Control

    Correct Answer
    D. Influx Control
    Explanation
    The apartheid laws that required Black South Africans to carry ID cards were known as Influx Control. These laws were implemented to restrict the movement of Black South Africans within the country. The ID cards served as a means of identification and control, allowing the government to regulate and monitor the movement of Black individuals. This system was part of the broader apartheid regime that aimed to enforce racial segregation and maintain white minority rule in South Africa.

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  • 2. 

    Three of these African cultures have economies that are (or were) based on cattle herding. Which one doesn't?

    • A.

      Fulani

    • B.

      Dinka

    • C.

      Gikuyu

    • D.

      Xhosa

    Correct Answer
    C. Gikuyu
    Explanation
    Gikuyu is the culture that does not have an economy based on cattle herding. The Fulani, Dinka, and Xhosa cultures all have economies that revolve around cattle herding. This means that these cultures rely on the rearing and trading of cattle for their livelihoods and sustenance. However, the Gikuyu culture does not have this same economic reliance on cattle herding.

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  • 3. 

    Which country claims to be the world's hottest place, with a year-round average temperature of 90 degrees Fahrenheit?

    • A.

      Egypt

    • B.

      Sudan

    • C.

      Ethiopia

    • D.

      Algeria

    Correct Answer
    C. Ethiopia
    Explanation
    Ethiopia claims to be the world's hottest place, with a year-round average temperature of 90 degrees Fahrenheit. This means that Ethiopia experiences consistently high temperatures throughout the year, making it one of the hottest places on Earth.

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  • 4. 

    Who wrote the African-American Literature Narrative of Sojourner Truth, "A Northern Slave"?

    • A.

      James Weldon Johnson

    • B.

      Adolphe Roberts

    • C.

      Sojourner Truth

    • D.

      Langston

    Correct Answer
    C. Sojourner Truth
    Explanation
    Sojourner Truth wrote the African-American Literature Narrative of Sojourner Truth, "A Northern Slave".

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  • 5. 

    In South Africa, what what would you do with Biltong?

    • A.

      Smoke It

    • B.

      Use It As A Herbal Remedy

    • C.

      Eat It

    • D.

      Drink It

    Correct Answer
    C. Eat It
    Explanation
    Biltong is a popular South African snack made from dried and cured meat. It is typically made from beef or game meat and is seasoned with various spices. Eating biltong is the most common and appropriate action to take with it. It is enjoyed as a tasty and protein-rich snack, similar to jerky.

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  • 6. 

    What is the capital city of Kwa-Zulu Natal?

    • A.

      Rourkes Drift

    • B.

      Pietermaritzburg

    • C.

      Johannesburg

    • D.

      Durban

    Correct Answer
    B. Pietermaritzburg
    Explanation
    Pietermaritzburg is the correct answer because it is the capital city of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Rourkes Drift, Johannesburg, and Durban are not the capital cities of Kwa-Zulu Natal.

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  • 7. 

    Which sub-Saharan colony was the first to achieve independence?

    • A.

      Gold Coast

    • B.

      Nyasaland

    • C.

      South Africa

    • D.

      Rhodesia

    Correct Answer
    A. Gold Coast
    Explanation
    The Gold Coast was the first sub-Saharan colony to achieve independence. This region, located in present-day Ghana, gained independence from British colonial rule on March 6, 1957. The nationalist movement in the Gold Coast, led by figures such as Kwame Nkrumah, played a crucial role in advocating for self-rule and eventually achieving independence. Nkrumah became the country's first prime minister and later its first president. The independence of the Gold Coast served as an inspiration for other African nations in their struggles for decolonization.

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  • 8. 

    In 1975, Angola and Mozambique gained independence from which European country?

    • A.

      Spain

    • B.

      France

    • C.

      Portugal

    • D.

      Germany

    Correct Answer
    C. Portugal
    Explanation
    In 1975, Angola and Mozambique gained independence from Portugal. Portugal had colonized both countries for several centuries, and their struggle for independence was part of a larger wave of decolonization movements in Africa during the 20th century.

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  • 9. 

    Under South African apartheid, which was not a race classification?

    • A.

      Mixed

    • B.

      Bantu

    • C.

      Colored

    • D.

      White

    Correct Answer
    A. Mixed
    Explanation
    Under South African apartheid, "Mixed" was not a race classification. Apartheid was a system of racial segregation and discrimination enforced by the South African government from 1948 to 1994. It classified people into different racial groups based on their skin color and ancestry, with the intention of maintaining white minority rule. The classification categories included Bantu (Black Africans), Colored (mixed-race individuals), and White. However, "Mixed" was not a separate racial classification under apartheid.

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  • 10. 

    Which country supplied 50,000 troops during the Angolan Civil War?

    • A.

      United States

    • B.

      Soviet Union

    • C.

      Cuba

    • D.

      Angola

    Correct Answer
    C. Cuba
    Explanation
    During the Angolan Civil War, Cuba supplied 50,000 troops. This is a well-known fact in history as Cuba supported the People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) against other factions involved in the war. The Cuban troops played a significant role in helping the MPLA gain control and ultimately win the civil war.

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  • 11. 

    What two items were the basis of West African trade?

    • A.

      Linen And Mahogany

    • B.

      Salt And Gold

    • C.

      Iron And Salt

    • D.

      Gold And Silver

    Correct Answer
    B. Salt And Gold
    Explanation
    Salt and gold were the basis of West African trade because salt was a valuable commodity used for preserving food and enhancing flavor, while gold was highly sought after for its rarity and beauty. The trans-Saharan trade routes facilitated the exchange of these two items, with salt being mined in the Sahara desert and gold being mined in regions such as present-day Ghana and Mali. The trade of salt and gold played a significant role in the economic development and cultural exchange of West Africa.

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  • 12. 

    What former province of Mali became an empire on its own?

    • A.

      Benin

    • B.

      Diehne

    • C.

      Ghana

    • D.

      Songhai

    Correct Answer
    D. Songhai
    Explanation
    Songhai is the correct answer because it was a former province of Mali that eventually gained independence and became its own empire. It was one of the largest empires in African history, known for its powerful military, advanced administration, and thriving trade routes. The empire of Songhai reached its peak in the 16th century under the leadership of rulers like Sunni Ali and Askia Muhammad. It was a significant political and cultural force in West Africa before its decline in the late 16th century.

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  • 13. 

    What was one of the main trade goods of Aksum?

    • A.

      Gold

    • B.

      Spices

    • C.

      Ivory

    • D.

      Furs

    Correct Answer
    C. Ivory
    Explanation
    Ivory was one of the main trade goods of Aksum. Ivory was highly valued and sought after during the time of Aksum due to its scarcity and the craftsmanship that could be achieved with it. The region of Aksum had access to a significant supply of ivory from elephants, which allowed them to engage in profitable trade with other regions. The ivory trade played a crucial role in the economic prosperity and growth of Aksum as it brought wealth and allowed for the acquisition of other valuable goods and resources.

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  • 14. 

    Which king made Christianity the official religion of Aksum?

    • A.

      King Knos-Us

    • B.

      King Ezana

    • C.

      King Khofu

    • D.

      King Kongrati

    Correct Answer
    B. King Ezana
    Explanation
    King Ezana made Christianity the official religion of Aksum. This decision marked a significant turning point in the history of Aksum, as it led to the widespread adoption of Christianity in the region. King Ezana's conversion to Christianity and the establishment of the religion as the state religion had a profound impact on the culture, society, and politics of Aksum. It also strengthened the ties between Aksum and the Byzantine Empire, as Christianity was already the dominant religion in the Byzantine Empire.

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  • 15. 

    Which Christian king of East Africa had his people carve underground churches?

    • A.

      Mansa Musa

    • B.

      Lalibela

    • C.

      Sundiata

    • D.

      Ezana

    Correct Answer
    B. Lalibela
    Explanation
    Lalibela is the correct answer because he was a Christian king of Ethiopia in the 12th century who is known for commissioning the construction of 11 rock-hewn churches. These churches were carved out of solid rock and are considered a remarkable architectural feat. Lalibela's goal was to create a "New Jerusalem" in Ethiopia and establish it as a major pilgrimage site. These underground churches are still in use today and are a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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