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South Africa Multiple Choice

Can you answer these multiple choice questions about South Africa?
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Last updated: March 31, 2022
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First submittedFebruary 3, 2019
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1. Which of these cities is NOT on the coast?
Durban
Cape Town
Johannesburg
2. Johannesburg was founded in 1886. What caused people to move to the area and found a city?
Its location at the confluence of two rivers
Its excellent climate
Big game hunting
A gold rush
3. Approximately what percentage of South Africans are white?
< 1
8
26
47
4. Which of these famous actresses is from South Africa?
Charlize Theron
Nicole Kidman
Lupita Nyong'o
Scarlett Johansson
5. True or false. Former President Jacob Zuma is a polygamist.
True
False
6. South Africa has 11 official languages. Which of these is NOT one of them?
Swahili
Zulu
English
Afrikaans
Swahili is a language spoken in the African Great Lakes region
7. Which of these countries does NOT border South Africa?
Lesotho
Botswana
Kenya
Namibia
8. About what percentage of South Africans are HIV positive?
< 1
13
39
9. What was the first name of Nelson Mandela's second wife?
Winnie
Wanda
Wendy
Winona
10. When was Nelson Mandela elected President?
1974
1984
1994
11. Who founded Cape Town?
The English
The Germans
The Dutch
Indigenous people
12. What foreign leader lived in South Africa for many years?
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Queen Elizabeth II
Che Guevara
Mahatma Gandhi
13. How did Christiaan Barnard make history in 1967?
By speaking out against apartheid
By scoring 300 not out in a cricket test match
By going into space
By performing the world's first heart transplant
14. What political party has dominated South African politics since the end of apartheid?
Democratic Alliance
African National Congress
Christian Democratic Party
National Party
15. South Africa's national rugby union team are known as the springboks. What is a springbok?
Large cat
Mythical creature
Antelope
Fish
15 Comments
+3
Level 70
Feb 4, 2019
Good quiz, I missed the Film Star question, but I don't mind that.
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Level 67
Mar 13, 2019
Mandela's first wife was named Evelyn Mase. Winnie was second. Graça was third. Amazed not so much that you did not know this, but that you did not check it. I'd ask for my money back, but . . .
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Level ∞
Mar 13, 2019
Added "second" to the question.
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Level 73
Mar 13, 2019
I got everything right, except for the movie star question ;/
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Level 71
Mar 20, 2019
Is it possible to see the percentage of people who guessed each choice for each question? That would be neat. (And I would feel less alone and stupid on the ones I missed.)
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Level 70
Oct 16, 2019
I am very curious for the least guessed question (currently 45%) if people that got it wrong guessed higher or lower than the correct answer. (% of white south africans)
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Level 82
Feb 17, 2020
Yeah, that is an interesting question. I suspect higher, but I dunno. There may also be a phenomenon at work where people think it's higher, but think the question's trying to trick them and they opt for the lowest answer.
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Level 81
Apr 7, 2021
Some surprising answers in there. And that means I learned something, so thank you jetpunk.
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Level 67
Apr 27, 2022
First run, 13 out of 15. Didn´t study this stuff (though have a general fascination for history), so pleasently surprised!
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Level 90
Apr 28, 2022
I think the first time I did this I got 100% which was surprising to me
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Level 49
Apr 27, 2022
Just guess for 14/15 of them and in return got 10/15 correct :D
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Level 83
May 4, 2022
There are two questions asking about percentages, one where the percentage sign is used and one where it isn't.

Do I recognize that this is a silly reason to comment? Yes. Does it still bother me? Also yes.

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Level ∞
May 4, 2022
Haha. Removed the percent signs.
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Level 71
May 4, 2022
I looked up Winnie Mandela today. I always thought she was a "good guy" as a crusader against Apartheid, but... nope. Her Wikipedia page says she and her bodyguards were implicated in the torture of dozens of people and multiple murders (including a 14 year old boy and a doctor). She was also notoriously corrupt.

Thankfully though, Nelson Mandela was not responsible for or aware of any of this, so I still respect him. That being said, I'm shocked at how terrible his wife was and why this isn't talked about more.

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Level 38
Oct 16, 2022
This is pedantic lol but 300* in 1967 would not have been any sort of record without other extenuating circumstances, famously Garry Sobers hit 365* at Kingston ten years prior