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Historical Country Names

What do you know about formerly used country names and names of countries which have ceased to exist?
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1. On which continent was once a country named Dutch Guiana?
Oceania
Africa
South America
Central America
2. Which country in the South Pacific ocean was known as New Hebrides when it was a colony?
Tonga
Vanuatu
Fiji
Kiribati
3. Which African country was known as Zaire from 1971 to 1997?
Niger
D.R. Congo
Cameroon
Angola
4. Which African country changed its name to Eswatini in 2018?
Lesotho
Guinea
Swaziland
Benin
5. Which African country was known as Upper Volta until 1984?
Burkina Faso
Sudan
Mauritania
Chad
6. Which African country was known as Dahomey until 1975?
Ivory Coast
Cameroon
Benin
Senegal
7. Which African country was known as unrecognized state of Rhodesia from 1965 to 1979?
Namibia
Zimbabwe
Botswana
Kenya
8. Which Asian country was know as Siam until 1932, when it became a constitutional monarchy?
Cambodia
Pakistan
Laos
Thailand
9. Since 1975, what was the colonial name of East Timor?
Portuguese Timor
British Timor
French Timor
Spanish Timor
10. Which Asian country was known as Burma until 1989?
Bhutan
Myanmar
Vietnam
Laos
11. Which Asian country was known as Kampuchea until 1989?
Nepal
Cambodia
Singapore
Thailand
12. Which Asian country in the west and from the beginning of British colonial rule was known as Ceylon?
Sri Lanka
Brunei
Singapore
Malaysia
13. British Honduras was the last continental possession of the United Kingdom in the Americas. Which present country is that?
Belize
Costa Rica
Jamaica
Panama
14. The Former Republic of Macedonia changed its name in 2019. What is country's new name?
Western Macedonia
North Macedonia
South Macedonia
Eastern Macedonia
15. French Somaliland was a French colony in the Horn of Africa between 1884 and 1967. Which country is its legal successor state?
Lesotho
Djibouti
Eritrea
Somalia
16. What present country was not part of Yugoslavia before its dissolution in 1992?
Montenegro
Slovenia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Moldova
17. Silesia (Schlesien) was historical region of Central Europe located mostly in three present countries. Which one is not one of them?
Austria
Poland
Czech Republic
Germany
18. What is the name of a former kingdom of the German Empire, originally a small country on the south eastern shores of the Baltic Sea?
Ruthenia
Prussia
Helvetia
Moravia
19. Prior 1918 the term "Bohemia" was traditionally used for which present country?
Poland
Czech Republic
Slovenia
Slovakia
20. Which island was known as Danish West Indies?
Sint Maarten
U.S. Virgin Islands
Puerto Rico
Barbados
21. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 how many independent post-Soviet states were formed?
12
10
15
8
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Level 57
Feb 13, 2021
Mistakes:

15 Countries were made after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, not 12.

The Questions 11 and 12 should say "Which Asian Country was known as Burma/Kampuchea until 1989".

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Level 53
Feb 13, 2021
Thanks for playing! It was my typo, I know there are 15 countries. I am not sure what do you mean with questions 11 and 12, Burma/Myanmar and Kampuchea/Cambodia are two different countries.
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Level 73
Feb 14, 2021
They're stating that your grammar was wrong. The way you phrased it means that the countries are currently called Kampuchea and Burma. You should say "Which Asian Country was known as ---- until 1989"
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Level 53
Feb 14, 2021
Thanks for this. Now I realized I wrote "since" instead of "until"
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Level 73
Feb 14, 2021
Question 20 is not about a historical name but rather a historical event. The nations were given away already so I don't think that question should count.

Question 8, Germany lost its overseas possessions in WWI and Namibia was no longer theirs. It was until British rule until independence.

Question 15, the full title is the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and please capitalize the F in Former as it's an adjective in a title.

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Level 53
Feb 14, 2021
Thanks for playing and pointing this out. I have deleted questions 20 and 8 and corrected capital letter in question 15.