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Explore the South Seas

Can you guess these facts about the geography and history of the South Pacific?
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Last updated: November 29, 2021
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First submittedNovember 29, 2021
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Hawaiian word for "hello" and "goodbye"
Aloha
Country originally settled by the Māori people in the 1300s
New Zealand
Constellation that appears on the flags of four countries in Oceania
Southern Cross
Largest city in the state of Hawaii
Honolulu
Island on which the above can be found
Oahu
Most populous island in French Polynesia (hint: starts with T)
Tahiti
British ship which mutinied against Captain Bligh after visiting that island
HMS Bounty
Uninhabited island that those mutineers traveled to and populated with
their descendants
Pitcairn Island
Country, starting with K, which has land in all four hemispheres of the Earth
Kiribati
Island, also called Rapa Nui, known for its giant head-shaped statues
Easter Island
Country which controls the above
Chile
Novel about a Nantucket whaling captain who seeks revenge against a white whale
Moby Dick
Former name given to Fiji by Europeans who were afraid of its
man-eating inhabitants
Cannibal Islands
These were called "The Islands of the Tortoises" when first discovered in the 1500s
Galapagos Islands
Famous scientist who visited the above on the HMS Beagle
Charles Darwin
Country who controls those islands
Ecuador
British sea captain who was killed by angry Hawaiians in 1779
James Cook
Word, starting with A, which refers to a ring-shaped island made of coral
Atoll
Pacific island nation that is named after a Biblical king
Solomon Islands
1942 battle considered the "turning point" of the Pacific Theater in WWII
Battle of Midway
23 Comments
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Level 76
Nov 30, 2021
The South Pacific is that part of the Pacific south of the equator - see here, so including questions about Hawaii, which is well into the North Pacific, seems a bit odd. Maybe having written the quiz from mainland USA, Hawaii feels "south" even if it's still quite northerly in the world! Still, maybe the North Pacific deserves its own quiz...
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Level 89
Nov 30, 2021
And Midway is well north of the tropics, let alone the Equator. I knew the answer, but it threw me off.
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Level 86
Nov 30, 2021
Indeed, the quiz is cool, but Hawaii and even more Midway are in the North Pacific.
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Level 74
Dec 1, 2021
Well, technically true, simple google search's point out that the "Hawaiian Islands have often been considered to be part of the South Sea Islands because of their relative proximity to the southern Pacific islands, even though they are in fact located in the North Pacific" and that the "term South Sea may also be used synonymously for Oceania, or even more narrowly for Polynesia or the Polynesian Triangle, an area bounded by the Hawaiian Islands, New Zealand and Easter Island." I think a case can be made for using the term "South Seas" culturally and historically as well as strictly geographically.
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Level 86
Dec 1, 2021
In fact, that was my understanding. The Midway question is the only one really out of place here (but that one should definitely be replaced).
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Level 73
Dec 1, 2021
That's all very well, but.... "Can you guess these facts about the geography and history of the **South Pacific**?"
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Level 75
Jan 25, 2022
I thought it was funny that a quiz about the South Pacific started with a question about an island chain in the North Pacific!
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Level 72
Nov 30, 2021
Fun quiz!
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Level 73
Dec 1, 2021
"British ship which mutinied against Captain Bligh after visiting that island" It wasn't the ship that mutinied....
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Level 78
Jan 24, 2022
Metonymy is a figure of speech in which a thing or concept is referred to by the name of something closely associated with that thing or concept.
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Level 60
Dec 3, 2021
Lol I got the cannibal one without knowing the answer. Just a good guess.
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Level 82
Dec 4, 2021
Fun quiz. I feel like this is a somewhat neglected area in Jetpunk quizzes.
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Level 90
Jan 23, 2022
I somehow missed Galapagos. For some reason I just couldn't think of it.
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Level 73
Jan 23, 2022
What a lovely quiz for a Sunday night. I was surprised to get 100% as island geography is my weaker topic so am very happy. Thank you.
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Level 75
Jan 23, 2022
Two of the answers were given in the description of the quiz. I love freebies.
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Level 61
Jan 24, 2022
Is it bad that I didn't get Pitcairn Island despite the description on the home page? Yes, it's bad.
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Level 71
Feb 15, 2022
Huh, I learned something new. I thought Moby Dick took place in the North Atlantic.
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Level 59
Sep 13, 2022
me too
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Level 75
Apr 26, 2022
Good quiz!

There's a hyphen in Moby-Dick.

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Level 59
Sep 13, 2022
wait you’re right. my life is a lie
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Level 59
Sep 13, 2022
Awesome quiz! Somehow got 20/20, wasn’t expecting that
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Level 65
Jun 3, 2023
As an islander I am proud and happy that I got 20/20!

Good quiz :)

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Level 72
Jan 4, 2024
please accept southern star for the constellation question