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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?
Central America
Africa
Oceania
South America
2. Which country in the South Pacific ocean was known as New Hebrides when it was a colony?
Vanuatu
Fiji
Tonga
Kiribati
3. Which African country was known as Zaire from 1971 to 1997?
Niger
D.R. Congo
Angola
Cameroon
4. Which African country changed its name to Eswatini in 2018?
Benin
Guinea
Lesotho
Swaziland
5. Which African country was known as Upper Volta until 1984?
Mauritania
Burkina Faso
Sudan
Chad
6. Which African country was known as Dahomey until 1975?
Benin
Cameroon
Senegal
Ivory Coast
7. Which African country was known as unrecognized state of Rhodesia from 1965 to 1979?
Botswana
Zimbabwe
Namibia
Kenya
8. Which Asian country was know as Siam until 1932, when it became a constitutional monarchy?
Pakistan
Cambodia
Laos
Thailand
9. Since 1975, what was the colonial name of East Timor?
Spanish Timor
British Timor
French Timor
Portuguese Timor
10. Which Asian country was known as Burma until 1989?
Bhutan
Vietnam
Myanmar
Laos
11. Which Asian country was known as Kampuchea until 1989?
Thailand
Nepal
Cambodia
Singapore
12. Which Asian country in the west and from the beginning of British colonial rule was known as Ceylon?
Singapore
Sri Lanka
Brunei
Malaysia
13. British Honduras was the last continental possession of the United Kingdom in the Americas. Which present country is that?
Panama
Costa Rica
Belize
Jamaica
14. The Former Republic of Macedonia changed its name in 2019. What is country's new name?
North Macedonia
Western Macedonia
Eastern Macedonia
South 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
Somalia
Djibouti
Eritrea
16. What present country was not part of Yugoslavia before its dissolution in 1992?
Slovenia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Moldova
Montenegro
17. Silesia (Schlesien) was historical region of Central Europe located mostly in three present countries. Which one is not one of them?
Czech Republic
Poland
Austria
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?
Moravia
Ruthenia
Helvetia
Prussia
19. Prior 1918 the term "Bohemia" was traditionally used for which present country?
Slovenia
Slovakia
Poland
Czech Republic
20. Which island was known as Danish West Indies?
Puerto Rico
U.S. Virgin Islands
Sint Maarten
Barbados
21. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 how many independent post-Soviet states were formed?
8
10
15
12
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Level 60
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 75
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 75
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.