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Medieval and Early Modern Africa

How well do you know the most important events and figures in the history of medieval and early modern Africa?
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Last updated: February 28, 2022
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1. On which shores did the Kingdom of Aksum exist between the 2nd and 7th centuries?
Red sea
Atlantic ocean
Indian ocean
Mediterranean sea
2. Which rich empire in West Africa was called the "land of gold" by Arab writers?
Mali Empire
Senegal Empire
Ghana Empire
Gambia Empire
3. Which city became the capital of the Fatimid Caliphate in 969?
Cairo
Tripoli
Algiers
Casablanca
4. Which city was founded in 1070 as the imperial capital of the Almoravid Empire?
Rabat
Tartessos
Dakar
Marrakesh
5. Who defeated Fatimid dynasty in 1171?
Shaka Zulu
Saladin
Hannibal
Richard the Lionheart
6. Who founded the Mali Empire in the 13th century?
Idi Amin
Sundiata Keita
Mansa Musa
Askia Muhammad I
7. Ibn Battuta was known for exploring Africa, Europe, the Middle East and India for 30 years. Where was he from?
Morocco
Egypt
Algeria
Mali
8. What was the capital of the Songhai Empire established by Sonni Ali?
Djenné
Gao
Cartaghe
Timbuktu
9. Which medieval city in southern Africa became a center of trade and which exported mainly gold, copper and ivory?
Great Mozambique
Great Zambia
Great Botswana
Great Zimbabwe
10. The Battle of Carthage was fought in 698 between a Roman expeditionary force and the armies of which Caliphate?
Kairouan
Ottoman
Abbasid
Umayyad
11. Which city was established in 1652 by Jan van Riebeeck and other employees of the United East India Company as the way-station for ships travelling to the Dutch East Indies?
Luanda
Cape Town
Libreville
Durban
12. In the territory of which modern-day country Osei Tutu founded the Ashanti Empire in 1670?
Senegal
Somalia
Gabon
Ghana
13. Which Scottish explorer of West Africa wrote a popular and influential travel book titled Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa?
Charles Gordon
James Bruce
David Livingstone
Mungo Park
14. Boers are the descendants of the Dutch-speaking Free Burghers Southern Africa. What does "boer" mean?
Farmer
Priest
Soldier
Sailor
15. Who assassinated Shaka Zulu in 1828?
British soldiers
His half-brothers
Ndwandwe tribe
His wife
16. What African country was founded by freed American slaves in 1821?
Liberia
Cameroon
Gambia
Benin
17. In which year was Suez Canal officially opened?
1869
1969
1669
1769
18. Who was the first European to sail around the southernmost tip of Africa (Cape of Good Hope)?
Christopher Columbus
Bartolomeu Dias
Ferdinand Magellan
Vasco da Gama
19. Where was Eureka Diamond discovered in 1867?
Namibia
Tunisia
South Africa
Angola
20. In 1853-56 who made the first known crossing Africa from east to west and discovering Victoria Falls?
John Hanning
Henry Stanley
Richard Burton
David Livingstone
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Level 88
Mar 16, 2022
Good quiz!
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Level 53
Mar 16, 2022
Thanks :)