Thu 21 Nov, 2002 02:34 pm
Following Jespah's African quiz, here's a fun little test of your knowledge of the South American subcontinent. I bet you know more than you think!
1. Graham Greene's The Honorary Consul is set in this country. The character gets into big trouble for sneezing into a red handkerchief.
2. This is the homeland of Sendero Luminoso, or Shining Path. Setanta is right. It is Peru.
3. It's the only Spanish speaking American country with two winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature.
4. This country goes mad every february, and it also went mad last summer. It's not as obvious as Craven said, but it is Brazil.
5. The highest lake in the world is boundary of this two nations. Lake Lílancabur, between Chile and Bolivia, as Craven said. But Peruvians claim Lílancabur is not a lake, but a lagoon, which would make Lake Titicaca, the highest in the world.
6. The Spanish, Dutch, French and British wraggeled for centuries to control this little known South American country. Guyana it is and Jespah got this one.
7. True or False. Ecuador and Colombia are the only South American countries that do not have a border with Brazil. Yes, Setanta, it's false. But why?
8. A black "king of the world" was born in this South American country, in 1940. A contender was born 20 years later in this other South American country. Britons dislike profundly the contender, since he defeated them with the help of "the hand of God". 'O rei' is Brazilian, as Craven noticed. Who is the contender and where is he from?
9. This country gained independence from Brazil in 1825, it has the highest average internet usage in Latin America.
10. This country holds the best record in Miss Universe finalists. Beauty contests are a national craze. Hebba is right. It's Venezuela.
I know less than you think I know.
But I think #10 is Venezuala.
1. i'm clueless
3.-10. i'm clueless (although i believe 7. is false)
5. Chile & Ecuador
Since I live here I'll try to answer the ones I'm not sure about or have something dumb to say about, oh and 4 is obviously Brazil (February is Carnaval and last summer was the World Cup).
5. Lake Licancábur Chile and Bolivia. I am unsure about the lake's name. The crater is Licancábur (sic?) dunno bout the lake.
7. False, but I con't say what countries don't without looking at a map.
8. One of my favorite goals BTW, and here they just call him "the King".
10. Too easy I want to move there.
Good going, but it's time for a few tips:
1. Greene's character got into trouble, because the government was ruled by dictator Alfredo Stroessner, member of the Colorado (Red) Party.
3. The first Nobel was Gabriela Mistral. The second was Pablo Neruda.
9. This small country was homeland to the Tupamaros, who kidnapped and killed CIA specialist Dan Mitrione in the late sixties - early seventies. The film "State of Siege" is based on this fact.
(and two half-questions are missing: Why is it false that Ecuador and Colombia are the only South American countries that do not have a border with Brazil; where is the younger contender of 'O Rei' from?)