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Italy True or False?

Can you guess whether these statements about Italy are true or false?
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Last updated: January 24, 2021
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First submittedJanuary 24, 2021
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1. The Renaissance started in Italy
True
False
2. The south of Italy is wealthier than the north
True
False
3. The island of Sardinia is part of Italy
True
False
4. Espresso was invented in Italy
True
False
5. Italy has never had a king
True
False
Italy has had a king many times in its history. The most recent monarchy was abolished in 1946.
6. Naples is south of Rome
True
False
7. The luxury brand Gucci was founded by a man named Guccio Gucci
True
False
8. Most of the popes in history have been Italian
True
False
216 of 266 popes were Italian
9. La Scala is a place where people go to watch horse racing
True
False
La Scala is an opera house in Milan
10. The Italian peninsula still has fewer people than it did during the peak of the Roman Empire
True
False
11. Italy has won the FIFA World Cup
True
False
Italy has four men's FIFA World Cup titles
12. Rome is located on the Po River
True
False
Rome is on the Tiber
13. Italy borders Austria
True
False
14. Farfalle are pasta that are shaped like seashells
True
False
Farfalle are shaped like butterflies. Conchiglie are shaped like seashells.
15. In Rome, there is a temple where priests have maintained the worship of Jupiter continuously since before 600 B.C.
True
False
30 Comments
+4
Level 55
Jan 25, 2021
10/15. From someone who knows only a few words of Italian I would say that is decent.
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Level 30
Dec 7, 2023
that's doo doo I don't even speak Italian and got 13
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Level 18
Feb 6, 2021
As an Italian I say: beautiful as a test you should do more like these!!!
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Level 72
May 26, 2021
I mean, seriously 59% of the people thinks that there is a functioning temple to Jupiter to this day in the world (let alone in Rome)?

Wow, just wow.

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Level 76
May 26, 2021
Indeed.
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Level 78
May 26, 2021
There are neo-Roman polytheism believers around so it's not inconceivable that they'd have a temple somewhere. But certainly not continuously since 600 BC.
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Level 77
May 26, 2021
It is probably a case of people thinking the statement is so outrageous, it must be true. Personally, I haven't really looked at the statement properly. I just read Jupiter and temple, and thought, sure, why not? Just like there will surely be statues of Jupiter displayed around Rome somewhere.
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Level 59
Jun 1, 2021
What is the basis of this question ?

The Pantheon is such a temple but perhaps only from about 300 BC?

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Level 71
Jul 6, 2023
The key phrase here is "priests have maintained the worship of Jupiter continuously".
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Level 67
Jul 6, 2023
Whoopsie, thought the question was about Jupiter the planet so I answered False. Every point is worth the same ;)
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Level 61
Jul 13, 2023
I was surprised by that too. That many people think Jupiter is still worshiped??
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Level 78
May 10, 2024
It would only take 2 for it to be 'priests', and religion makes people do strange things.
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Level 66
May 26, 2021
Italy formed in 1861, so no, most popes were not Italian.
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Level 64
May 26, 2021
Depends how you define Italian.
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Level 66
May 26, 2021
Are you conflating "Italian" with "Italic"? This is just history 101. Furthermore, this quiz is about Italy, the country, so I think that was context enough. Was Julius Caesar Italian?
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Level 36
May 27, 2021
Yep, Juilius Caesar was Italian because he was born on the Italian peninsula. Romans called the peninsula Italy.
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Level 66
May 28, 2021
Hate to repeat myself, but please consult a dictionary on difference between Italian and Italic. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Italian

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/italic

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Level ∞
Jun 28, 2023
You're creating an artificial distinction where non exists, similar to if you said there was a difference between Greek and Grecian.

Nothing in the sources you linked says anything otherwise.

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Level 59
Jul 6, 2023
The link to Italian you provide literally says that in the 14th century the word was used to describe a native of Italy, so yes most popes were Italian.
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Level 74
Jul 6, 2023
It's the same with the word "German". It evolved from a geographic term to a citizenship, now people confuse it with an ethnic group.

I also dislike it, when words like "italian" or "german" are used for pre-statehood people, it just makes implication of a common identity that did not exist at that point. But, of course, it is correct in itself.

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Level 76
Jul 1, 2024
They're not modern words anachronistically applied to the past. They're very old words. "Italian" has already been pointed out above; as for "german", it goes way back to the germanii tribe that Julius Caesar encountered.
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Level 36
May 27, 2021
Italy as a geographical term has existed for about 3000 years. Someone born in the year 1000 in Florence can be called Italian.
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Level 66
May 28, 2021
This quiz is not about the geographical area, the peninsula et cetera. It is clearly about the country, and is part of the country series of True or False quizzes. So your "it depends how you define Italian" calls your bluff. And it's still an anachronism when used for popes.
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Level 77
Jul 6, 2023
Those popes, being born in peninsular Italy, would have understood themselves as being Italian. Perhaps not in the nationalistic way, but in a pure demonymic way they would have, as the above commenter said. No anachronism here. If you're going to be a pedant, pick your battles better.
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Level 78
May 10, 2024
Where are you getting your 'clearly' from? The quiz simply claims to be about 'Italy', without qualification.
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Level 78
May 10, 2024
Can you clarify for me: in which language was the libretto for Don Giovanni (1788) written? Everyone says it's in Italian, but, according to you, Italy didn't exist, so Italian can't have existed either.
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Level 71
May 26, 2021
I can't believe there was a guy named Guccio Gucci. And his entire name was "Guccio Giovanbattista Giacinto Dario Maria Gucci." That's so stereotypically Italian-sounding that it feels like it should be fake.
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Level 46
May 26, 2021
Immediately when I read that question, I doubted that could possibly be a real name. Then I remembered Galileo Galilei and wondered if it could be possible. In the end, I second-guessed myself, got it wrong, and felt like an idiot.
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Level 60
May 26, 2021
This is the first one I ever got every question right, first try! True or false so not great, but still happy! Who would have thought. I guessed on a few. Also, Guccio Gucci?! Too wild
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Level 51
Jul 6, 2023
"Guccio Gucci" sounds like a parody of Italian names as opposed to an actual name lol.